30 January 2013

Gambia: In Abdoulie Tambedou's Trial GPA Director of Traffic Operation Testifies

Ousman Jobarteh, the director of Traffic Operation at the Gambia Ports Authority (GPA), on Monday testified as the fifth prosecution witness (PW5), in the criminal trial involving the state against Abdoulie Tambedou, the former managing director of GPA.

The case was presided over by Magistrate Dawda Jallow of the Banjul Magistrates' Court.

In his testimony, Jobarteh told the court that on the 6th September 2012, he was called to the Banjul Police Station, where the police asked him about an incident that took place at the GPA's Public Works Department's container terminal, when he accompanied the accused person and other staff of the GPA to the said terminal.

He said he was asked to explain whether it was true that one Lamin Sanyang wanted to knock the accused down. PW5 said on that day the said Lamin Sanyang drove past them and some of them had to ask who it was. He said he gave a statement at the police.

During cross-examination of the witness by the defence counsel of the accused person, Lawyer Lamin S. Camara, PW5 told the court that he did not know the reason why some people asked who was driving the vehicle that passed them.

The case was adjourned to 5th February 2013.

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