Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Dimingo Mbemba, the station officer at the Major Crime Unit at Gambia Police Force, Wednesday testified as the third Prosecution Witness (PW3) in the ongoing false information trial against Baboucarr S Trawally before Principal Magistrate Kebba Baldeh at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court .
In his testimony, PW3 told the court that he recognize the accused person, saying that they received a copy of an executive directive addressed to the office of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) with an attachment of a letter written by the accused person, which he identified and were tendered as exhibits after an application by the police prosecutor, Sub-Inspector A Bojang without objection from the defence.
He testified that after the said letters were receive, a panel of four officers was instituted to look into the matter and the accused person was invited and questioned about the letter he wrote to the Office of the President, dated 17th March 2016 and he admitted writing .
He said during questioning, the accused said he was arrested and detained at the NIA by some state guard and NIA officers and he was equally denied covering state function on several times by one Edward Mendy; an NIA operative attached to OP.
The witness further told the court that the accused person was invited alongside Edward Mendy and they were both questioned and statements were obtained from them just like other concern witnesses.
He asserted that at the conclusion of the investigation, they found that all the allegations made by the accused person were unfounded and he was charged accordingly. He said the panel wrote an investigation report at the end.
The prosecutor then applied to tender the investigation report which was admitted and marked as an exhibit.
Under cross-examination by defence counsel I Kijera, PW3 told the court that statement of Edward Mendy is in the possession of the prosecution and he cannot remember all the names of other witnesses . He said only one out of the accused person’s allegation was true.
Trawally is alleged to have sometime in the month of March 2016 at the Office of the President at state house in Banjul wrote a petition claiming an unlawful arrest by the personnel of the National Intelligent Agency NIA and subsequent detention whilst on a video coverage at the Women’s Day celebration at the Buffer Zone in Tallinding, the information he knew to be false thereby committed an offence.
The case is adjourned to 23rd November 2016 at 11am for continuation of cross-examination.
By Amie Susso