Antouman Gaye wants court to visit NIA detention center

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Antouman Gaye, the lead counsel for the prosecution yesterday informed the court presided over by Justice Kumba Sillah-Camara of the High Court in Banjul that he would be making the necessary application for the court to visit the locus (the NIA detention center) at Marina Parade in Banjul.

Veteran Lawyer A.A.B. Gaye made this revelation during the criminal trial involving the State against the nine former officials of the NIA before the 13th prosecution witness, Mbemba Camara, started testifying before the court.

Mbemba Camara who began his unfinished testimony yesterday told the court that he is a resident of Busumbala and an official of the SIS (the defunct NIA) and that he was enlisted into the then NIA in 2007.

The witness recalled that on the 14th April, 2016 he was the shift leader at the security and he revealed that he was responsible for the detainees at the then NIA now SIS.

He explained that some of his responsibilities include screening of detainees before being taken to the cells and also bringing them out from the cells.

Mbemba Camara told the court that on the 14th of April, 2016, he was chosen by his boss, one James Mendy to head the security at the main gate of the NIA now SIS at Marina Parade and he was assisted by Seedy Saidykhan.

Hearing continues today at 1.00pm.

Meanwhile the prosecution interposed Mbemba Camara to give evidence after the defence team could not finished cross examining the 12th prosecution witness, Malang Sonko who was asked by lawyer Saikou Fatty of Legal Aid to provide his Secondary School certificate and document from Dada Construction Company where he claimed he worked before joining the NIA in 2013.

It could be recalled that the accused persons; Yankuba Badjie, Loiue Richard Leese Gomez, Saihou Omar Jeng, Babucarr Sallah, Yusupha Jammeh, Haruna Susso, Tamba Mansary, Lamin Darboe and Lamin Lang Sanyang are charged with 26 counts including conspiracy to murder, murder, abduction, assault causing grievous bodily harm amongst others.

Author: Bruce Asemota