Omar Modou Musa Njie, a legal practitioner, yesterday testified as the second prosecution witness in the three-count charge trial of Tina Faal before Principal Magistrate Omar Cham at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.
In his evidence, the witness said he resides in Kerr Serign and he knows the accused person. He said he also knows O’ Corporation Company Ltd which is based in Ireland, saying he was one of O’ Corporation Company’s legal counsels in The Gambia when they were buying the aircraft in question.
According to him, the aircraft, named BOEING, was at the Banjul International Airport but said he cannot remember its serial number.
The witness asserted that in August 2014 he received information that some individuals removed some parts from the aircraft. He said upon receiving that information, he wrote a letter to the Director General of The Gambia Civil Aviation Authority and copied it to the Inspector General of Police and the Sheriff Division for investigation into the matter which, he said was done.
He identified the letter when shown to him, and the Police Prosecutor Inspector S. Sanyang applied to tender it and it was marked as exhibit B.
He admitted that he was not an eyewitness when the parts of the aircraft were being removed and that he came to know the accused person later. He added that his client bought the said aircraft through the Sheriff Division of the High Court.
A former nominated National Assembly member, Tina Faal is said to have conspired with one Babanding Sissoho to wit sold various parts of Boeing 727-234 SN 2216-55V TPA aircraft to one Alhagie Omar Keita with intent to defraud sometime between 2014 and 2016 in Banjul and diverse places. The aircraft is said to be the property of O’ Corporation Company Ltd.
With intent to defraud, Mrs Faal is also charged for selling various parts of Boeing 727-234 SN 2216-55V TPA aircraft belonging to O’ Corporation Company Ltd of Ireland by Sheriff Sale to one Alhagie Omar Keita when she fully knew or had reason to belief that the said flight was sold by the Sheriff Division of the High court by way of public auction.
On count three, she is said to have, with intent to permanently deprive, through fraudulence, stole and sold various parts of Boeing 727-234 SN 2216-55V TPA aircraft belonging to O’ Corporation Company Ltd of Ireland by Sheriff Sale to Alhagie Omar Keita, when she fully knew or had reason to belief that the said aircraft was bought by O’ Corporation Company from the Sheriff of The Gambia by way of public auction. She denied culpability of all the charges.
The case was adjourned to the 31st August, 2016 at 11.30 for continuation
by Lama S Jallow