Lamin Sonko, the coordinator at MA Karafi Company, yesterday told the Janneh
Commission that Amadou Samba was involved in the sale of Kairaba Beach Hotel.
He was asked whether MA Karafi obtained the title deed when Kairaba was purchased, and he said that they preferred the lease in the name of their company. He said that he was not sure whether they obtained the title deed.
Mr. Sonko stated that the title deed was with Standard Bank, because the hotel owed the bank $2,000,000.
It was put to him that the sale of the hotel was endorsed by Edward Gomez, and he said that he never saw Edward Gomez during the transaction of the sale of the hotel, adding that Amadou Samba signed the sale document.
Mr. Sonko further adduced that Mary Samba represented MA Karafi during the discussion of the sale of the hotel, adding that the sale was between his company and the former president.
“We offered Mary Samba $10,000 when she asked for $15,000 for representing MA Karafi,” he told the commission.
He disclosed that it was Amadou Samba who represented the former president in the sale of the hotel.
At this juncture, letters relating to the sale of the hotel to MA Karafi were tendered and admitted as exhibits.
He was also shown a document signed by one Catherine Tamba of Millennium Industry relating to the sale agreement, but he said that he had never seen the document.