11 January 2013

Gambia: Corporal Karamo Jatta Closes Defence At Court Martial As Prosecutor Cross Examines Wd 6

Corporal Karamo Jatta, an Instructor at The Gambia Armed Forces Training School (GAFTS), who is standing trial together with Sergeant Manlafi Jarju, before a General Court Martial at the Yundum Barracks, on the charge of abusing their inferiors (subordinates) at the training school during the recruitment of Intake 30 in 2009, on Thursday 10 January closed his defence in the trial.

The sixth defence witness Lance Corporal Baboucarr Manjang was also cross examined by State counsel.

Under cross examination by State Counsel, Madam Oley Danso, Lance Corporal Manjang said he has never seen Corporal Karamo Jatta at his platoon and Sona Badji never took permission from him to go see Corporal Jatta.

Counsel Danso asked the witness how come he cannot remember all what happens at the Training School but can remember the incident between Karamo Jatta and Sona Badjie. In response, Lance Corporal Manjang it has never happened because Sona was in my platoon. Counsel Danso put it to the witness that all what he has said in Court are all lies. Manjang insisted all he said is the truth.

The Judge advocate, Justice Abdullahi Mikailu asked the witness "Is it due to the length of time you have forgotten about the incident?" Manjang said: "It is not the length of time. It has never happened."

At this point defence Counsel Edrissa Sissoho informed the Court that the defence has closed the case of second accused person Corporal Karamo Jatta.

The Court called upon witness Jarra Sowe, but she was unable to give evidence due to the reasons of nature. She told the Court that she would be able to hold and swear to the Holy Quran by Monday. When Justice Mikailu asked her whether she was in the court room when Lance Corporal Manjang was given evidence, she answered in the positive. Justice Mikailu indicated that the Court would take note of that she was in Court when the other witness was giving evidence.

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