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Carpenter testifies in Busura Alkalo trial

Apr 4, 2011, 1:01 PM | Article By: Binta Fatty-Gitteh

The tenth prosecution witness, Ousman Badjie, on Wednesday testified at the Brikama Magistrates' Court in the trial of Omar Faye, the alkalo of Busura village, who was charged with abuse of office.

Testifying, Ousman Badjie told the court that he is a resident of Busura village and a carpenter, adding that he recognized the accused as the Alkalo of Busura village.

He also said he knew Malang Jarju and Momodou Jarju of Busura village, and that he could recall what happened between 2004 and 2010.

"I knew an association called 'Allah Tentu Kafo' in Busura Village. I am a member of the association, and I had been working there for four years as a mediator between the association and the accused," PW10 told the court.

The tenth prosecution witness added that during his four years with the association, the accused as the alkalo of Busura village allocated a plot of land for the association in Busura village.

He further said that as the mediator between the association and accused person, he demanded a document in respect of the piece of land given to the association by the accused, which the accused prepared and gave to him.

The witness told the court that they were engaged on the land by cultivating it, beekeeping and also planted some cashew trees, coco-nut and palm trees.

He said they also built a house and employed two men, Kemo Drammeh (PW7) and Yankuba Jarju, as watchmen, adding that they have been working there since the land was allocated to the association.

"I later heard that someone had come to the said land claiming ownership, but the claimant had never met me there," he added.

The case was adjourned till 5 April 2011.