Justice K.S. Camara orders a voire dire in Yankuba Badjie trial

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Justice Kumba Sillah-Camara of the High Court in Banjul yesterday ordered that a voire dire (a mini trial) be conducted to authenticate the voluntariness of the cautionary and voluntary statements of the former DG of the defunct NIA, Yankuba Badjie.

Justice Camara made this declaration following an objection raised by Yankuba Badjie’s legal counsel, E.E. Chime on Tuesday and Wednesday proceedings that the accused person statements were not obtained voluntarily.

During the court sitting yesterday, the presiding judge asked the court clerk to show lawyer E.E. Chime that the statements were served on the accused person, Yankuba Badjie in March 2018 and there was a proof of an affidavit of service.

Lawyer Chime, however, argued that the statements were not obtained voluntarily, adding that the reasons for stating that the statements were not obtained voluntarily will be known during the course of the mini trial.

Lawyer Chime sought leave to furnish him with copies of the cautionary and voluntary statements of Yankuba Badjie.

Lawyer Antouman A.B. Gaye, lead counsel for the prosecution renewed his call for an adjournment to enable both sides prepare for the mini- trial for the interest of justice.

Justice Camara, however, granted leave for lawyer Chime to make copies of the 1st accused person, Yankuba Badjie cautionary and voluntary statements and ordered that a voire-dire (mini-trial) be conducted.

The matter was adjourned to the 30th of July, 2018.

It could be recalled that defence counsel E.E. Chime raised objection to the tendering and admissibility of the cautionary and voluntary statements made by Yankuba Badjie during the testimony in chief of one Alagie K. Manneh the 22nd prosecution witness on Tuesday, 24th of July, 2018.

Alagie K. Manneh had testified that he obtained the said statements during a comfortable and friendly atmosphere noting that Yankuba Badjie was not promised or induced or threatened before the said statements were obtained.

Author: Bruce Asemota