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Alleged Casamance rebels' trial continues

Jan 31, 2011, 12:32 PM | Article By: Malamin Conteh

The trial of the alleged seventeen rebels from the Southern Senegalese Region of Casamance continued Thursday at the Special Criminal Court in Banjul before Justice Ikpala.

The seventeen accused persons are being tried on charges of illegal entry into the country and possession of firearms.

Testifying under cross-examination, Lt. Ousman Bojang told the court that all the accused persons were arrested in The Gambia.

When the accused persons were arrested they revealed to them where their arms were hidden in Bajana, he said, adding that nothing was found on the 1st accused, Zakeria, when he was taken to the Bullock checkpoint.

When asked by the 14th accused person, Tumani Manga, whether at the time of his arrest at Bessen in Colley Kunda he was with a gun, Bojang said they did not found anything in his possession but upon questioning the accused, he led them to Bajana where the arms were recovered.

Bojang added that the 17th accused, Aziz Kujabi, was arrested at Bullock checkpoint on his way to Serrekunda with a motorbike, but no weapon was found on him.

The case was at that juncture adjourned until 10 February 2011.