10 January 2013

Gambia: Ex-GPA MD's Trial Progresses

The false information trial involving the state against Abdoulie Tambedou, the former managing director of The Gambia Ports Authority (GPA), on Wednesday proceeded at the Banjul Magistrates' Court. The case was presided over by Magistrate Dawda Jallow.

It would be recalled that the said case was adjourned to Wednesday for the admissibility of the letter allegedly written by the accused person. In the court's ruling, it overruled the objection of the defence and proceeded in admitting the letter in evidence and it was marked as an exhibit.

Continuing the cross-examination of PW1, Momodou Sowe, the court was informed that the investigators obtained cautionary statements from the accused but he could not remember how many they were, because the accused was cautioned by another office. When asked about the basis of the investigation report, he said it was not only based on what they heard from the witnesses but also through their own investigation.

At that juncture, the prosecution called its second witness (PW2), who told the court that his name is Lamin Sanyang of Tallinding and a civil servant. Sanyang said he has known the accused since in 1995 when he joined the GPA. According to him, on the 6th December 2012 he was called to the police headquarters in Banjul where he was shown a letter written by the accused to the Office of the President in which he saw the 'unfortunate' statements made against him by the accused person. PW2 identified the letter when it was shown to him.

He said he could not remember ever being face-to-face with the accused much more using abusive words on him. He added that the accused used to be his friend before he became MD at the GPA and finally said he gave a statement at the police.

Under cross-examination by the defence counsel for the accused person, Lawyer Lamin S. Camara, PW2 informed the court that he did not see the letter containing the allegations against him. The case was adjourned to January 18th 2013 for continuation of hearing.

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