Magistrate Isatou Janneh of the Brikama Magistrates’ Court yesterday levied a fine of D3, 000 on one Ansu Saidykhan after he pleaded guilty of presenting a passport at the airport profiling desk bearing another person’s name with intent to travel to Barcelona, Spain. The magistrate ruled that should Ansu failed to pay the fine, he would serve a year in prison.
Ansu is said to have presented himself at the Vueling Airlines profiling desk at the Banjul International Airport as one Sam Roger by presenting his Gambian passport numbered PC016735 containing a Spanish Schegen visa No: 010537821 with both documents bearing Sam Roger’s name with intent to travel to Barcelona on or about 9th August 2016 at Banjul International Airport.
The Police prosecuting officer Corporal 3999 Secka said when Ansu arrived at the profiling desk for checking, he presented his passport which contained a Spanish visa bearing the name Sam Roger.
He explained that Ansu was interrogated by the police and his Gambian passport was requested from him which he surrendered. He said the passport was bearing Ansu’s name but when he was boarding the plane, he presented an air ticket with number: 442035143971 bearing Sam Roger’s name.
Prosecutor Secka said Ansu was arrested and taken to the tax force office before being cautioned and charged. He tendered the two passports as exhibits which were granted by the magistrate.
Ansu had promised to never repeat the act, saying he is a first time offender. He begged the court to consider that his mother is sick and currently admitted in hospital.
by Fatou Gassama