Prosecution in the criminal trial involving the state against Sira Wally Ndow-Njai, Gambia’s former Minister of Petroleum and 9 other former top government officials has recalled Chief Inspector BakaryDarboe, the first prosecution witness in the case to give further evidence.
Justice O Ottaba at the High Court in Banjul is trying Madam Njai alongside Momodou O.S Badjie, Fafa Sanyang, Cherno Marena, Seedy Kanyi, Muntaga Momodou Sallah, Momodou Taal, Louie Moses Mendy, Noah Touray and Madun Sanyang on charges of conspiracy, neglect of official duty, disobedience of statutory duty and destroying evidence.
Giving further evidence before the court last Thursday, the witness said he could recognize the questionnaire that he earlier mentioned in his testimony, adding that it was prepared by the panel and typed just like article 13.
When the document was handed to him, the witness identified it and said that was the one he was referring to. The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), S H Barkun then applied to tender the said questionnaire as an exhibit which was admitted and marked as exhibit G without objection from defence lawyers.
The witness further told the court that he obtained both cautionary and voluntary statements, which he identified through his signature, before DPP Barkun apply to tender them in evidence.
Lawyer L S Camara, defence counsel for Madun Sanyang did not object to the admission of the statements and consequently they were admitted in evidence and marked as exhibits.
Lawyer Antouman Gaye, defence counsel for Madam Njai raised the bail issue of his client, saying he was yet to be served with the brief of arguments of the state/respondent but DPP Barkun promised to file the respondent’s brief this Monday.
Lawyer Camara also informed the court that he has also filed the bail application of the 10th accused person (Madun Sanyang) and had served the respondent since on Tuesday.
The case is adjourned to Tuesday 15th November 2016 for continuation.
by Fatou Sowe