Professor Kah’s appointment letter, UTG financial report tendered in court
Thursday, June 21, 2012
The Principal Magistrate at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court, Magistrate Taiwo Ade Alagbe, on Wednesday admitted the appointment letter of the UTG Vice Chancellor Professor Mohammadou O. Kah, the sixth prosecution witness in the criminal trial involving the state against Gumbo A. Touray, former director of International Affairs of the UTG.
The documents admitted were his letter of appointment, financial report of the UTG for the year ended December 2010, ten peer reviewed journals he authored and two-book chapters. Testifying further under cross-examination, Professor Kah informed the court that he has written so many journals and is not true that he did not write enough journals to qualify him become a professor.
Professor Kah was asked if he certifies his professorship, he produced a document to that effect and it was as well admitted in evidence as defence exhibit. The witness was shown a document by the defence counsel and the said document was said to be Professor Kah’s CV extracted from his website. Kah looked at the documents and said that it was not signed by him nor did he know the validity of the said document because it can be typed on a computer by anybody, adding that he has his personal website and CVs are meant to be updated.
The defence counsel however applied to tender the document in evidence as a defence exhibit but the prosecutor objected to the admissibility of the document, on premise that proper foundation has not been laid and the witness has no knowledge of the document.
The presiding magistrate admitted the document on relevant grounds and was marked as a defence exhibit.
Kah disclosed that he did not get his bachelors’ and masters from two universities but from one university, adding that universities around the world have different criteria.
At that juncture, the case was adjourned to the 28th June 2012, for continuation.
Author: by Fatou Sowe