May 15, 2009, 7:34 AM
The Point has learned from competent sources that Mr. Ndeneh Faal, a renowned businessman who was convicted and sentenced to jail for drug peddling, was last Wednesday released from prison.
Mr. Faal, Mr. Musa Suso, the former Kombo North parliamentarian and Victoria Goddard, a beautician, were in 2000 arrested by the police at a police post in Yundum whilst trying to smuggle a large quantity of cannabis sativa, locally called jamba, through Banjul International Airport.
All pleaded not guilty but Victoria Goddard later changed her plea to guilty and subsequently used as a prosecution witness.
In passing judgement on that fateful morning amidst tight security, Presiding Magistrate Otta, now a High Court judge, remarked that she was going to set an example of the accused persons and has since made a mandatory custodial sentence on Faal and Suso. Mr. Suso was himself released last year.