Pap Saine's Trial Resumes Today

Monday, May 18, 2009

The trial of Mr Pap Saine, Co-publisher and Managing Editor of The Point Newspaper is expected to resume today at the Banjul Magistrates' Court.

Mr Pap Saine is standing trial on two counts of obtaining registration by false pretence and obtaining Gambian passport by false declaration.

The prosecution has so far called three witnesses, Inspector Sainey Ndure, a police officer, Dawda Leigh, a birth and death registration officer at the Medical and Health Department, and Mr Ebou Correa, an immigration officer, and is calling two more witnesses.

Mr Ebou Correa during cross-examination by the defence counsel, Antouman Gaye, admitted that he was satisfied with the answers provided by Pap Saine over his nationality. Mr Leigh also told the court that Mr Saine's birth certificate was genuine.

Mr. Correa told the court that during investigations Mr. Saine produced his passport, national ID card, voter's card and birth certificate as proofs of his Gambian citizenship.

In addition, he had produced his late father's passport and a title deed of a property at

42 Gloucester Street
in Banjul as well as receipts of rate payments he had been making over the years to the Banjul City Council (BCC).

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh
Source: Picture: Pap Saine