Bun Sanneh & Co trial set for address
Monday, April 23, 2012
Justice Emmanuel Nkea of the Special Criminal Court in Banjul, last Friday, 20th April 2012 adjourned the criminal trial involving the state against the former executive director of NDEA, Ibrahim Bun Sanneh and four others for address by both parties on the 4th May 2012.
The accused persons, Ibrahim Bun Sanneh, Karamo Bojang, Ousman Sanneh, Marie Sanneh and Seedou Bojang are standing trial on multiple charges of conspiracy to commit felony, stealing, economic crimes, amongst others. The presiding judge last Friday adjourned the said case after defence counsel Kebba Sanyang formally closed its case.
Prior to the closure of the defence case, Lawyer Kebba Sanyang informed the court that the defence’s last witness, the Inspector General of Police Yankuba Sonko, who could not appear in person, had sent an affidavit and a report in the case of alleged possession of forged currency notes, whilst he was the Crime Management coordinator (CMC) in 2009.
The said affidavit was shown to the court and after a
careful perusal, the presiding judge then asked defence counsel Kebba Sanyang
if the said affidavit satisfied all that he needed from the Inspector General
of Police Yankuba Sonko. Defene counsel Kebba Sanyang replied that the said
affidavit had captured all he wanted to get from the Inspector General of
Police, particularly Paragraph 4.
The said Paragraph 4 stated that Yankuba Sonko was the Crime Management coordinator of the Gambia Police Force in 2009 and was aware that an investigation was carried out with regards to the case of alleged possession of forged currency notes and the report was submitted to him for onward transmission to the then Inspector General of Police, Ensa Badjie, which he did.
A copy of the said report sent to him whilst he as the CMC of the Gambia Police Force was tendered and admitted as defence exhibit 10.
The case was then adjourned accordingly.
Author: Sidiq Asemota