Lawyer Combeh Gaye, defence counsel for Tina Faal, yesterday Cross-Examined Omar Modou Musa Njie a private legal practitioner and the second prosecution witness before Principal Magistrate Omar Cham of the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.
A former nominated National Assembly member, Tina Faal is said to have conspired with one Babanding Sissoho to wit sold various parts of Boeing 727-234 SN 2216-55V TPA aircraft to one Alhagie Omar Keita with intent to defraud sometime between 2014 and 2016 in Banjul and diverse places. The aircraft is said to be the property of O’ Corporation Company Ltd.
With intent to defraud, Mrs Faal is also charged for selling various parts of Boeing 727-234 SN 2216-55V TPA aircraft belonging to O’ Corporation Company Ltd of Ireland by Sheriff Sale to one Alhagie Omar Keita when she fully knew or had reason to belief that the said flight was sold by the Sheriff Division of the High court by way of public auction.
She is also said to have, with intent to permanently deprive, through fraudulence, stole and sold various parts of Boeing 727-234 SN 2216-55V TPA aircraft belonging to O’ Corporation Company Ltd of Ireland by Sheriff Sale to Alhagie Omar Keita, when she fully knew or had reason to belief that the said aircraft was bought by O’ Corporation Company from the Sheriff of The Gambia by way of public auction. She denied responsibilityof all the charges.
During his testimony in the last hearing, the witness admitted that he was not an eyewitness when the parts of the aircraft were being removed and that he came to know the accused person later. He added that his client bought the said aircraft through the Sheriff Division of the High Court.
Under Cross-Examination yesterday, the witness maintained that Boeing 727-234 SN 2216-55V TPA aircraft is stationed at the Banjul International Airport since around the year 2000 because their litigation was still on it.
He asserted that the aircraft is station within the premises of the Banjul International Airport but no marks or label are on the area where it is stationed, saying what he knew for sure is it is within the premises of the airport and that he once visited there.
The witness however admitted it to be true that access to the Banjul International Airport is strictly controlled by Gambia Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA). He said he received information that some parts of the aircraft were removed and one of its engines was taken down.
He revealed that it was a senior lawyer called Musa MM Bittaye who gave him that information but he has absolutely no knowledge whether Bittaye was actually present during the removal of the engine.
Defence counsel Gaye put to him that since he agreed that the airport area is strictly controlled, then it is therefore certain that the individual who allegedly removed the parts from the aircraft got the approval from the Gambia Civil Aviation Authority but the witness maintained that he has no knowledge how the accused removed the parts of the aircraft or access it. He also said it is correct that he never saw the accused person removing anything.
The case is adjourned to 19th September, 2016 at 11.00 for continuation.
by Lama S Jallow