Witness tells court he lost his right eye in the NIA 9 trial

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Ebrima Jabang, the 16th prosecution witness yesterday told the court that as a result he received at the NIA during his detention therein, he lost his right eye and he is now suffering from hypertension, difficulty in breathing.

Ebrima Jabang made this revelation whilst giving evidence in chief before presiding Judge Kumba Sillah-Camara at the High Court in Banjul in the ongoing criminal trial involving the State and nine former officials of the NIA.

The witness revealed that his right eye is completely blackout as he can no longer see with his right eye.

He explained that during the time he was beaten, he felt something hit his eye and his eye was sharing water and later realized that his vision was not getting normal.

He further explained that prior to his arrest detention and beating at the NIA his vision was clear, noting that he started wearing eye glass after he visited an eye specialist in the neighbouring Senegal who advised him that his eye cannot be operated on.

The witness told the court that he visited Senegal twice after he was release from the Mile 2 Prison on the 8th of December, 2016.

Mr. Jabang clarified that prior to April 14, 2016, he was suffering from hypertension, difficulty in breathing, adding that he was detained at NIA headquarters in Banjul for 14 days and thereafter taken to Mile 2 Prisons on the 27th of April, 2016.

Furthermore, the witness disclosed that three days after the beating at the NIA, someone came into the cell where he was kept and introduced himself as a doctor and informed them that he had come to see them and treat them as a result of the pains they sustained on their body.

Mr. Jabang said they responded that they appreciated the doctor coming as they were in pains, thereafter after the doctor’s prescription, he was given Ampicillin, Paracetamol and ointment to be applied on his body.

He testified that the drugs given to him were not used accordingly.

At this point, prosecution counsel, Combeh Gaye sought leave from the court to play Exhibit “A” (UDP case master copy) video which was granted and the video was subsequently played.

Whilst the video was played, the witness, Ebrima Jabang identified himself and four other detainees in the video; Noghoi Njie, Kafu Bayo, Modou Ngum and Solo Sandeng standing with them.

The witness informed the court that he was interviewed and was video recorded and the said portion was then played and the witness identified himself and Modou Ngum sitting on the floor.

Ebrima Jabang clarified that the recording was done after he was beaten.

Ebrima Jabang told the court that some clothes were also presented to him because the clothes he wore to the NIA were blood stained and his shirt was torn at the back.

Hearing continues today at 12:00 noon.

Author: Bruce Asemota