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Alleged Casamance rebels’ trial continues

Dec 8, 2010, 11:18 AM | Article By: Malamin Conteh

The criminal trial involving 17 Casamance rebels continued yesterday at the Special Criminal Court in Banjul before Justice Ikpala.

The accused persons are Yusupha Ceesay, Modou Lamin Badjie, Sakou Jammeh, Zackaria Jatta, Tijan Camara, Mafuji Jarju, Abdoulie Sonko, Hatab Jatta, Abdou Badjie, Ebrima Jarju, Sang Sambou, Basiru Jammeh, Seedy Sanyang, Tumani Manga, Alasana Jarju and Aziz Kujabi.

They are facing a two-count indictment for unlawful possession of fire arms in the republic of the Gambia, and illegal entry in the Gambia, charges they have denied.

Testifying under cross-examination, the second prosecution witness, Lt. Abdou Jatta, a military officer, told the court that the rebel that was injured was the 1st accused, Yusupha Ceesay. This was in response to a question by Ceesay.

As to what part of the body was injured, the witness told the court that when the 1st accused, Yusupha Ceesay, was caught, he saw his head bleeding.

He added that when he asked about the cause of the injury, he was told that while the accused was being chased he fell in a ditch and, as a result, he sustained the injury.

Jatta also told the court that he did not know who actually injured the accused person, adding that according to the information he received, a rebel was injured and was sitting in a shop.

When asked by the 2nd accused, Modou Lamin Badjie, as to who are the 12 rebels he said he found with guns, the witness replied that they were those mentioned in court.

The third accused, Sakou Jammeh, also asked the witness whether the guns were recovered in the Gambia or in Casamance.

The witness, in reply, maintained that the guns were recovered in the Gambia.

At that juncture, the case was adjourned till 16th December 2010.