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Bun Sanneh & Co case continues

Nov 29, 2011, 11:56 AM | Article By: Malamin Conteh

The case involving former Executive Director of the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDEA) Ibrahim Bun Sanneh and four others yesterday continued at the Special Criminal Court in Banjul.

Continuing his defence testimony, Bun Sanneh told the court that he had never suppressed any evidence nor destroyed it.

He added that Alieu Jasseh, the NDEA exhibit keeper, told him that when he (Jasseh) went to the Banjul Magistrates’ Court to collect the exhibits, and found out that the staff of the said court had tampered with the exhibits.

Bun said when Jasseh gave him that information he (Bun) was very angry and disappointed, adding that he sent his senior management team to the Banjul Magistrate’s Court to see the magistrate in charge.

“I told my senior management team that this matter must be treated with caution and ethics, because the judiciary is the third most important organ of the state,” Bun told the court in his defence.

He added that he then directed his officers to confront the magistrate with the matter, but the magistrate insisted that if they needed him, then let them go to his office.

“Upon this information, I asked my immediate deputy to go with the senior management team to talk to the magistrate over this issue,” Bun further said.

He said upon their return, Karamo told him that the magistrate said he was very disappointed, but he would take the appropriate step, adding that he told Karamo that they should respect his words.

“I then relied on his words, and I told the senior management team that we needed this report as the National Assembly is badly in need of the report,” he added.

He denied saying that the matter should be laid to rest, as alleged by Alieu Jasseh.

The case continues today. 

Ibrahim Bun Sanneh, former NDEA Executive Director, Karamo Bojang, former Deputy Chief of the Agency, Ousman Sanneh, former Commissioner of Operations of the Agency, Seedou Bojang, the Agency’s accountant, and one Marie Sanneh, were indicted by state prosecutors under a 30-count charge.

The alleged offences include conspiracy to commit felony, stealing by person in public service, aiding and abetting, unlawful possession of fire arm, unlawful possession of live ammunitions, concealment and destroying of evidence, official corruption, abuse of office, obtaining money by false pretence, making document without authority, among others.