17 January 2013

Gambia: Police Detective Testifies in Vehicle Smuggling Case

Police detective Sergeant Ansumana Sanyang, attached to the Giboro Police Station in the Kombo East District, yesterday testified in the ongoing single count charge of vehicle theft against one Gibbi Sey, a taxi driver, at the Special Criminal Court, presided over by Justice Emmanuel Nkea.

The police detective informed the courtthat on 16th February 2012, whilst on duty at the said police station, in the early hours, the accused was brought in by the commander of Jurundu Gendarmerie in Casamance. He said the accused was handed over to the Giboro Police Station officer on suspicion of smuggling a vehicle with registration number, BJL 6343 G into Casamance from The Gambia.

According to the officer, the Jurundu Gendarmerie commander said they arrested the accused based on suspicion and believed that the accused was smuggling the vehicle from The Gambia through Casamance without any valid documents. He added that the accused after being handed over to the Giboro Police Station, was later taken to the Brikama Police Station for further investigation into the matter.

Responding to cross-examination from the Legal Aid defence counsel, the police officer insisted that the accused brought to the Giboro Police Station by the said Jurundu Gendarmerie commander is the same person who was later taken to the Brikama Police Station for further investigation.

The officer could not tell how many such people were handed over to the police in Brikama by his station. He also confessedthat he personally did not take the accused to Brikama, despite the fact that he was present when the accused was brought to the station.

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