6 February 2013

Gambia: Mambanyick Njie's False Information Trial Resumes

The criminal trial involving the state against Mambanyick Njie, former Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Tuesday resumed at the Banjul Magistrates' Court presided over by Magistrate Dawda Jallow.

When the case came up for the cross-examination of the second prosecution witness, Kemo Ceesay, the police Prosecutor Sergeant Manga, informed the court that the said witness was not in court because he (PW2) was bereaved and could not make it to the court.

Manga applied for the court to hear the evidence of another witness (PW4), hence the case has suffered a lot of adjournments.

The defence counsel for the accused person, Lawyer Antouman Gaye opposed the application, stating that he came to court to cross-examine PW2 and not to hear the testimony of a new witness.

The court, in its ruling called on the prosecution's next witness to testify as the case has stalled since the 13th December 2012.

PW4 entered the witness box and indentified himself as detective constable Abdourahman Jobe of Essau Village and a police officer attached to the Fraud Squad office of the Gambia Police Force. Jobe told the court that on the 30th October 2012, his station officer instructed him to obtain the cautionary statement of the accused, which he did by first inviting an independent witness in the person of Fabakary Kinteh, a native of Sukuta Nema.

He said he read the cautionary wordings to the accused after which he recorded the accused person's statement and later handed it over to him to go through.

According to the witness, the accused person after reading the statement, signed it and the independent witness and himself, PW4 also signed it.

PW4 indentified the said statement and it was tendered in evidence and marked as exhibit C.

The case was adjourned to 21st February 2013.

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