Court watches video of UDP demonstrators

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The High Court in Banjul, presided over by Justice Kumba Sillah-Camara yesterday watched the content of hard drive recorded during the detention of UDP demonstrators at the defunct NIA in Banjul on the 14th April, 2016.

It could be recalled that Justice Kumba Sillah-Camara last Wednesday ruled that the State provide means to view the content of the hard drive after the court admitted the hard drive as ID one.

The court ruling followed the defence team’s objection to the admissibility of the hard drive as Exhibit after one Assan Badjie, the 8th prosecution witness informed the court that he backed the video recording of the detainees in hard drive.

During yesterday’s sitting, the prosecution lead counsel, Antouman Gaye informed the court that the prosecution obliged to the court ruling by providing means to viewing what is contained in the hard drive.

Lawyer Gaye said after watching the video, he believes the video will speak for itself and he proceeded to call the 8th prosecution witness, Assan Badjie.

The witness identified the hard drive (ID one) and told the court the hard drive contains two video recording, adding that the master copy contains two different parts.

When the witness was asked to play part one and asked questions by lawyer L.S. Camara, defence counsel C.E. Mene, Ibrahima Jallow and S. Fatty and Dago S. Dayo raised objection that evidence cannot be laid on the content of the hard drive when it had not been tendered as Exhibit.

The presiding judge, however, ruled that the prosecution should allow the content of the hard drive be watched.

The video was played uninterrupted until the matter was adjourned to today.

The watching of the video recording continues today.

It could be recalled that nine former NIA officials; Yankuba Badjie, Louie Richard Leese Gomez, Sahou 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, assault causing grievous bodily harm, abduction, making false document without proper authority amongst others.

Author: Bruce Asemota