Detective Sergeant Alhagie K Manneh, a police officer attached to the Major Crime Unit of The Gambia Police Force, yesterday testified as second prosecution witness in the ongoing criminal trial against Sira Wally Ndow-Njai, Gambia’s former Minister of Petroleum and 9 other top government officials.
Giving his evidence before Justice O Otaba of the High Court in Banjul, officer Manneh said he knew the accused as he obtained cautionary and voluntary statements from Sira Wally Ndow-Njai, Momodou O S Badjie, Cherno Marena and Momodou Taal.
He said before taking the statements from the mentioned accused persons, he briefly introduced himself to them and cautioned them in the presence of an independent witness. He said they were given questionnaires which they chose to write their own statements on.
The witness further narrated that after they completed writing their statements, the accused persons, the independent witness and himself (witness) as the officer signed them.
The witness identified the statements when they were handed to him by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) S H Barkun who later applied to tender them in evidence as exhibits which was not objected by the defence team for the affected accused persons.
The presiding judge admitted in evidence, the 3 cautionary and 4 voluntary statements of Sira Wally Ndow-Njai, 4 cautionary and 3 voluntary statements of Momodou O S Badjie, 4 cautionary statements of Cherno Marena and 4 cautionary and 4 voluntary statements of Momodou Taal and adjourned the case to today for continuation.
by Fatou Sowe