Suspected Drug Peddler Cross-Examined

Suspected Drug Peddler Cross-Examined



Inspector OS Jallow, the Drug Law Enforcement Agency of The Gambia prosecutor Monday cross-examined Edrissa Jawo, the accused person and the first defence witness in an alleged drug case he is defending himself before Magistrate Kebba Baldeh at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.

Jawo is accused of being in possession of 4kg and 100g of Canabis sativa on 20th May 2015 at latrikunda German for the purpose of trafficking. He has denied responsibility of the charge.

Under cross-examination, Jawo admitted that he was arrested on 20th May 2015 but denied that arrest was effected at Bakoteh. He said he was arrested at Latrikunda German and escorted by three officers. He said one of them is officer Omar Badjie but he does not know the other two.

Jawo further said that officer Omar Badjie who was among the officers who arrested him had testified in the trial but cannot remember the name of the officer who took statement from him. He also denied knowing the name of the independent witness.

He said the statement written about him stated that he was arrested at a shop but denied that he was reported to the police by one Lamin Jobe (the shopkeeper). He said he does not even know Lamin Jobe.

He said the amount of D4,000 was found with him when the officers were searching him, maintaining that everything he said in the court was the truth. He said he has a witness who is currently in custody.

The presiding magistrate then ruled that the Director of Prison will be ordered to provide Babucarr Jallow, the accused’s witness to come and testify on 19th September 2016.

by Awa Gassama