NDEA director of Operations cross-examined
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Defence counsel for the first accused person, Jerreh Jarju, Lawyer Kebba Sanyang last Monday, 2nd April 2012 continued his cross-examination of PW6 Mbaye Njie, the director of Operations at the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDEA) in the ongoing criminal trial involving the state against two former NDEA officers, Jerreh Jarju and Samba Camara.
The accused persons are standing trial on five counts of criminal offences ranging from official corruption, to public officers receiving property, showing favour, abuse of office, conspiracy to commit misdemeanor and destroying evidence, all contrary to the Laws of The Gambia, at the Brikama Magistrates’ Court, presided over by Principal Magistrate Hilary Abeke.
During cross-examination by Lawyer Kebba Sanyang who was also holding brief for Lamin S. Camara, defence counsel for the second accused, the witness informed the court that Nabi Jarju was released on bail by the first accused with one Gambian ID Card and that he knew it through information which he will not disclose.
When asked by the defence counsel whether the release of Nabi Jarju on bail was not recorded, PW6 stated that he doesn’t inspect the station dairy and will not know if it was recorded or not.
The NDEA director of Operations noted that all investigations on drug offences and movements should be recorded in the NDEA station dairy He added that he never saw Nabi Jarju’s case file in his office and doesn’t know whether Nabi Jarju was cautioned or charged.
According to him, his boss gave him an assignment on fact finding at Jakoi Bintang and statements were recorded after the arrest of the accused persons but cannot remember the day of their arrest. The case was adjourned to 11th April 2012 for continuation.
Author: Lama S. Jallow