Laity Secka, a police officer attached at the Major Crimes Unit at The Gambia Police Force Headquarters in Banjul Wednesday testified as second prosecution witness in the ongoing false information trial of Baboucarr S. Trawally before Principal Magistrate Omar Cham at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.
Mr Trawally is under trial for writing a petition to the Office of the President at State House in Banjul claiming his unlawful arrest by personnel of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and subsequent detention while on a video coverage at the Women’s Day programme at the Buffer Zone in Tallinding sometime in the month of March 2016; information he knew to be false.
The witness said in his testimony that he recognises the accused person sometime in March 2016 whilst on duty his Station Officer, Assistant Superintendent Dimingo Mbemba, assigned him to obtain cautionary and voluntary statements from the accused person.
According to him, he invited an independent witness and took a cautionary form and read the wordings to the accused person which he claimed to have understood. He said the accused expressed his preference to write the statement himself.
He said after the accused person completed writing the statement, he and the independent witness signed it while he (the witness) endorsed it. He said the same procedure was done on the voluntary statement but the accused person denied the allegation.
The police prosecutor, Sub-Inspector A Bojang then tendered the two statements as exhibits, which were identified by the witness, but the accused person appealed for the court to grant him adjournment for his attorney to be present in court.
The case is adjourned to 25th August for Cross-Examination.
by Lama S Jallow