SIS photographer testifies in Yankuba Badjie & 8 others case

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

One Assan Badjie, a photographer at the State Intelligence Service (SIS) yesterday testified before Justice Kumba Sillah-Camara as the 8th prosecution witness in the ongoing criminal trial of the former officials of the defunct NIA.

The officials: Yankuba Badjie, Louie 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, 6 counts of causing grievous harm, 6 counts of conspiracy to commit felony, one count of forgery, one count of fabricating evidence with intent to mislead a tribunal in a judicial proceedings, one count of disobedience of statutory duty, one count of Abduction in order to murder and four counts of Abduction in order to subject person to grievous harm contrary to the Revised Laws of The Gambia 2009.

In his evidence in chief, Assan Badjie told the court that he is a camera man attached to the Scientific Support Unit Lab at the State Intelligence Service (SIS) and has been a camera man for more than 17 years but has been with the SIS for three years.

He disclosed that the 7th prosecution witness, Babucarr Njie is his boss and the officer commanding of the Scientific Support Unit Lab.

He recalled that on 14 April, 2016 whilst at work at the defunct NIA Headquarters in Banjul, he was instructed to conduct a video coverage of some UDP demonstrators detained at the NIA at the investigation hall.

The witness said he set his camera and conducted video coverage of the detainees and the panelists whilst they were being interviewed.

The witness further said he saw the detainees three times, noting that the first time was at the gate when they came.

The second time he saw them was during the screening exercise inside the Classroom and the third time was inside the interview hall.

He explained that screening was about obtaining the detainees status background and finger prints.

Assan Badjie disclosed that after taking the video coverage inside the interview hall, he retired to his office (Scientific Support Unit Lab) to transfer the cassettes to the computer.

The witness further disclosed that he works with three other people at the Scientific Support Unit Lab and they are Babucarr Njie, Lamin Bojang and Quesi Mendy.

Hearing continues today. 

Author: Bruce Asemota