Gumbo Touray further cross-examined
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Police prosecutor, Spt. Joof, on Tuesday continued to cross-examine Gumbo A. Touray, the former director of International Affairs at the University of The Gambia, who is standing trial on a one-count criminal charge of giving false information to a public servant, before the Banjul Magistrates’ Court, presided over by Principal Magistrate Taiwo Ade Alagbe.
During the said cross-examination, Touray told the court that he has never been served with any warning letter. The witness was given a letter by the prosecutor that was written by him (Touray) in response to a letter sent to him but it was not a warning letter. He said it was a response in respect of a letter referenced: ACS 230/286/01(30). These two documents were tendered and admitted in evidence as defence exhibits 20 and 21.
He revealed that in the letter sent to him, unspecified allegations were mentioned and he wrote back to ask what the allegations were. Touray added that the condition of service of the UTG can’t contain the allegations, in response to a question put to him by the prosecutor that, according to Section 9.8 of the condition of service there are allegations against him (Touray).
According to him, he did not apply for his annual leave in 2011 and that the last leave he applied for was in February 2010, which was approved because it was his entitlement. Touray identified a document written to him after he resumed from leave, saying that he has the original copy of the said document.
The prosecutor applied to tender it in evidence as exhibit but the defence counsel for the accused, Lawyer Badou Conteh objected on the grounds that the proper foundation has not been laid by the prosecution, so he applied for the document to be marked rejected. The prosecutor replied that the said document was relevant to the case and urged for it to be admitted. The court in its ruling admitted the document and it was marked as defence exhibit 22.
The case was adjourned to 23rd August 2012 for continuation.
Author: Fatou Sowe