Photographer testifies in NIA 9 trial

Friday, December 22, 2017

Babucarr Njie, a photographer at the Scientific Support Unit at State Intelligence Service (SIS) in Banjul on Tuesday informed the Banjul High Court presided over by Justice Kumba Sillah-Camara that he was instructed by Louise Richard Leese Gomez (the 2nd accused) to take photographs and video coverage of Solo Sandeng and four others brought to the office on 14 April 2016.

Babucarr Njie made these revelations whilst testifying as the 7th prosecution witness in the criminal trial involving the State against the embattled former top brass of the defunct NIA.

The accused persons: Yankuba Badjie, Loiuse Richard Leese Gomez, Shekh Omar Jeng, Babucarr Sallah, Yusupha Jammeh, Haruna Susso, Tamba Mansaray, Lamin Darboe and Lamin Lang Sanyang are charged with 26 counts including conspiracy to commit felony, conspiracy to murder, murder, assault causing grievous bodily harm, abduction, making false documents without proper authority amongst others.

In his testimony, the witness told the court that on 14 April 2016 whilst he was on his way from Salagi he received a phone call from the 2nd accused, who was the Deputy Director of the defunct NIA instructing him to take photographs and conduct video coverage of the five detainees including Solo Sandeng, Nogho Njie and three others he could not remember their names.

The witness said he was assisted by one Assan Badjie and Lamin Bojang and they took the five detainees’ photographs around the entrance gate and returned to their office.

The witness further said the detainees were then taken to the Counter Intelligence Unit (CIU) to obtain their individual background information.

Babucarr Njie said video coverage was conducted for record purpose and that he conducted the video coverage at the conference hall with Assan Badjie.

He pointed out that the 2nd accused was the very person who instructed him to set his camera at the conference hall awaiting the arrival of the panelists who interviewed the detainees.   

He further pointed out that the panelists were Samba Sowe, Lamin Ceesay, Kebba Secka and Pa Serign Mboob.

The witness testified that he wasn’t at the hall when the detainees were interviewed by the panelists.  

Author: Bruce Asemota