10 January 2013

Gambia: PW1 Cross Examined in Former Ports MD Case

Cadet ASP Momodou Sowe attached to Major Crime Unit of the Gambia Police Force, was yesterday cross examined by defence counsel Lamin S. Camara in the ongoing False information trial involving the former Managing Director of Gambia Ports Authority (GPA) presided over by Magistrate Dawda Jallow of the Banjul Magistrates' court.

Under cross examination Camara asked the witness whether he takes any cautionary statement from the accused person, he responded in the positive.

How many statements did you take from him, he asked?

"I cannot remember the number", said the witness. He added that the accused was questioned by another officer.

Where are the other co. authors of the investigation report, asked counsel?

The witness responded that the said people are at the police headquarters; adding that the accused person narrated his version in this matter in the presence of the said people.

PW1 further informed the court that the basis of the investigation was not only what they were told by witnesses but also through their own investigations.

When asked by counsel whether there is any way they can find out whether the accused believes in the truthfulness of what he told them but the witness said "No I can't tell that".


The second prosecution witness, Lamin Sanyang testified that he is a Civil Servant working with Gambia Ports Authority (GPA). He said he knew the accused person since 1995 when he joined the GPA.

According to Mr. Sanyang, on the 6th of December, 2012 he was called at the Police headquarters and shown a letter written by the accused person to the office of the President.

"I have seen the unfortunate statements made against me by Mr. Tambedou in that letter", said the witness.

When asked by the prosecution whether he could identify the said letter if shown to him, he replied in the affirmative. He said some of the unfortunate statements are that he used abusive statements against the accused but he informed the court that he can't remember meeting face to face with the accused until he used such statements against him.

Mr. Sanyang told the court that Mr. Tambedou used to be his friend before he became the MD at the Gambia Ports Authority; adding that he was on leave with effect from the 2nd of June, 2012 to October but was quick to add that he was recalled on the 29th of August, 2012.

The witness finally admitted in his evidence in chief that he gave a statement to the Police.

Under cross examination, the witness disclosed that he did not see in the letter that he (Sanyang) wanted to run down the accused person with his vehicle.

At this juncture, the matter was adjourned to 15th of January, 2013 for continuation of hearing. The matter was further adjourned to 17th of this month.

Meanwhile, the objection raised by the defence on the admissibility of the letter written by the accused person in evidence as exhibit was overruled and the said letter was marked accordingly.

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