Sulayman Gaye, a police officer attached at the Interpol office at Banjul Police Station yesterday testified in the two counts criminal charges of kidnapping and abduction of a child against Allan Jorung, a Norwegian national before Principal Magistrate Omar Cham of the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.
Mr Jorung is alleged to have brought and unlawfully kept Carito Emilio Jimenez in The Gambia beyond 28th December 2015 out of the custody of his mother, Sandra Vamille Jimenez, who has lawful care of him.
He is also alleged to have fraudulently withheld Carito Emilio Jimenez in The Gambia with intention to unlawfully deprive his mother Sandra Vamille Jimenez, who has lawful care of him. He has denied the allegations. He is under a D150, 000 court bail
Testifying before the court in yesterday’s hearing, the witness said they received an information at the Interpol office through the IT- 247 global communication system from Oslo, Norway on 29th January this year requesting for assistance in locating and taking into care of a missing under age.
State prosecutor, E Mendy asked him in what form was the message received and whether he would be able to identify it when shown to him, the witness said they received the message through IT-247 global communication system and it was accompanied with an attachment notice which claimed that the victim, Carito Emilio Jimenez left for holiday in The Gambia with his father Allan Jorung. He said the document was signed and stamped by him (the witness).
The witness identified the document when shown to him and the state prosecutor applied to tender it as evidence but Jorung’s defence counsel objected to the application, arguing that the document was received through communication equipment.
He also argued that from the narration of the witness, no proper foundation was made to enable the court to admit the document as evidence. He also maintained that the stamp is in evidence that the document wasn’t sent from somewhere outside the country, referring the court to Section 22 of the Evidence Act and urged the court to reject the document.
But state prosecutor maintained that the witness already stated that they received the message from IT-247 global communication.
The case is adjourned to 6th September 2016.
by Aji Fatou Lemon