1 February 2013

Gambia: Rape Case Progresses

The alleged rape case involving one Lamin Jammeh recently continued at the Special Criminal Court in Banjul before Justice Emmanuel NKea.

The case continued with the cross-examination of the fifth prosecution witness (PW5), Lamin Bah.

Bah told the court that it was true that he knew the accused person for a long time and also knew where he lived, but he was not related to the accused person.

"I know the victim and I know where she stayed. I was not present when the alleged incident took place, as I was informed about it because I used to be at work," PW5 told the court under cross-examination.

The witness told the court that he could not say he was physically present when the accused allegedly had carnal knowledge of the victim, but the accused committed the act, because he could not be merely accused.

He added that the victim recognsed the accused, and also knew him as well, adding that the victim was a minor and she could not tell lie against the accused person.

"I did not give a statement to the police," he said.

The case continues.

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