IPO testifies In alleged police kidnappers' case
Monday, December 17, 2007
Sergeant Lamin Cham, the investigation police officer (IPO) in the ongoing kidnapping case involving Karamo Saidy and Omar Jarjusey, both personnel of The Gambia Police Force, last Tuesday, concluded his testimony at the Bundung Magistrates Court.
Continuing his testimony before Senior Magistrate Kumba Sillah-Camara under cross-examination by Defence Counsel Lamin Camara, IPO Sergeant Cham told the court that he was among the investigating police officers who obtained voluntary statements from the accused persons leading to their subsequent detention and prosecution.
According to him, he has never known the complainants before but he hadbeen told that they are one Mr John and Johanase, who lodged a complain with the police on March 1, 2007.
He further revealed to the court that he had not actually spoken or recorded any statement from the complainants since he had never seen them and cannot establish who they are.
He went on to say that he learnt during the course of the investigation that the complainants are drug dealers and that the co-accused have never admitted kidnapping, robbing or taking anything from anybody while on duty as police officers but did admit being offered money by the complainants during the cause of their investigation.
It could be recalled that the duo are facing trial on three charges of conspiracy, kidnapping and robbery with violent conduct. According to the charge sheet, in the month of March 2007, at Kololi, Omar Jarjusey and Karamo Saidy connived and stole the sum of ?3,000 from one Mr John.
Count two states that on March 1, 2007, at Brufut in the Western Region, Omar Jarjusey and Karamo Saidy kidnapped or abducted one Mr John, at the Elephant Guest House in Brufut from March 1 -2, 2007.
Count three states that on March 1, 2007 at Kololi in the KMC, Omar Jarjusey and Karamo Saidy forcefully robbed one Mr John and Johanese of ?3,000. Both men pleaded not guilty.
Author: by Salifu M Touray