Counsel Cross-Examines Witness in Drug Peddling Case

Counsel Cross-Examines Witness in Drug Peddling Case

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Lawyer Pa Harry Jammeh, defence counsel for three men who are facing a drug possession charge trial before Magistrates Elizabeth Don at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court yesterday cross-examined the third prosecution witness, Abdoulie Bojang.

The three accused persons; Abdoulie Jallow, Jula Kah and Galajo Bah are accused of being in possession of prohibited drugs for the purpose of trafficking contrary to Section 43 (4) (e) of the Drug Control Act.

On count one, the first accused person, Abdoulie Bah is charged of being found in possession of 23kg 720g of Cannabis Sativa; a prohibited drug on or about 16th March 2016 at Bakindiki Koto Village in the North Bank Region.

On count two, the second accused person, Jula Kah is charged of being found in possession of 15kg 600g of Cannabis Sativa; a prohibited drug on or about 16th March 2016 at Bakindiki Koto Village in the North Bank Region while on count three, the third accused person, Galajo Bah is charged of being found in possession of 14kg 420g on the same day and place.

During cross examination, counsel Jammeh asked the witness if he could remember how many boats were at the sea side during arresting of the accused persons and whether the Alkalo of Bakindiki village was informed about the arrest, the witness responded that he only saw one boat and he couldn’t remember whether the Alkalo was informed about the arrest.

Counsel Jammeh further questioned the witness on what happened after the accused persons were arrested. The witness responded that after the accused persons were arrested at Bakindiki koto village, they were taken to Barra Police Station.

After the cross-examination, Lamin Sima testified as the fourth prosecution witness. He identified himself as a narcotic officer posted at the Barra Police Station.

According to him, on 16th March 2016, he arrested the first accused person, Abdoulie Bah with the suspected drug while the other accused persons were arrested by his co-workers and they were all taken to Barra Police Station.

He said at the Police Station, the first accused person’s bag was opened in front of him and 34 big bundles of suspected cannabis were found in it.

He said the second accused person’s bag was also opened in which 25 big bundles of suspected cannabis were found while 22 big bundles of suspected cannabis were found in the third accused person’s bag.

During Cross-Examination by defence counsel Jammeh, the witness said he was the one who arrested the first accused persons but Counsel Jammeh argued that his (the witness) co-workers wrote in their testimonies that the accused persons had thrown their bags and when they were arrested, they were taken back to the sea side to identify their bags.

The witness however maintained that he knew nothing about that but he  arrested the first accused person with his bag.

The case is adjourned to 30th August 2016.

by Aji Fatou Lemon