Ex-Kombo South chief ends testimony
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The ex-chief of Kombo South District, Sheriff Ajay Janneh, a resident of Gunjur on Monday 23rd April 2012 ended giving his evidence before Magistrate Hilary Abeke of the Brikama Magistrates’ Court as defence witness (DW5) in the ongoing criminal trial involving the state against Lamin Jammeh, Foday Jammeh, and Kabiro Jatta who are standing trial on three counts of threatening violence, three counts of common assault and two counts of malicious damage to property, all contrary to the Laws of the Gambia.
In his testimony, DW5 informed the court that he wrote defence exhibit 6 (DE6), which is about the land problem which belongs to the Jammeh Kunda family of Gunjur.
He added that he wrote a letter dated 22nd March 2010 addressing it to the governor of West Coast Region, station officer of Gunjur Police Station, Ministry of Local Government and Lands, director of Lands and Survey, the Ministry of Justice, the Jammeh Kunda family, alkalo of Kartong and alkalo of Gunjur. The defence counsel, Borry S Touray applied to tender the said letter, but the police prosecutor Sergeant 413 Sanyang objected to the said application and the defence withdrew it.
DW5 adduced that the land dispute between the Jammeh Kunda family of Gunjur and Berending Sanyang is situated between four villages in Kombo South, namely; Madina Salam, Gunjur, Berending and Kartong respectively.
According to him, the land in question is owned by the Gunjur village and was originally owned by the Darboe Kunda family of Gunjur. DW5 revealed that the Jammeh Kunda family got the land dispute with Berending Sanyang Kunda from the Darboe Kunda elders.
DW5 concluded his testimony by showing an exhibit, which the sketch plan was attached to the judgement letter of the land dispute between the Jammeh Kunda family of Gunjur and Sanyang Kunda family of Berending. The case was adjourned to Wednesday 9th May 2012 for cross-examination of DW5.
Author: Lama S. Jallow