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Alleged Casamance rebels’ trial progresses

Jan 19, 2011, 11:22 AM | Article By: Malamin Conteh

The trial of the 17 alleged rebels from the southern Senegalese region of Casamance yesterday continued at the Special Criminal Court in Banjul before Justice Ikpala.

Testifying under cross-examination, the second prosecution witness, Lt Abdou Jatta, a military officer attached to the 1st infantry battalion, maintained that the accused persons were arrested within the territory of The Gambia.

He added that it was the alleged rebels who gave them a young boy to lead them to the place where the guns were hidden, but the young boy was not among the accused persons.

The witness also told the court that one of the accused persons, Alasana Badjie’s name was not among the twelve suspects arrested by his men.

He said he arrested the accused persons, but he did not bring them to court.

The witness also maintained that the accused were arrested possessing firearms.

Badjie was not among the suspects that were arrested by his soldier, but by the Brikama police.

PW2 told the court that the rebels that were arrested by the Brikama police were in possession of firearms.

He said the accused person, Azziz Kujabi, and two others were arrested by Lt. Ousman Badjie in Bullock village.

However, Azziz Kujabi told the witness that he personally went to the police station to report himself.

PW2 further told the court that Lt. Ousman Bojang arrested three rebels with a rifle.

The case was adjourned till 26 January 2011.