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D-Day for NIA operatives

Oct 17, 2012, 10:26 AM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

The Banjul Magistrates’ Court presided over by Principal Magistrate Taiwo Ade Alagbe is today expected to deliver judgment in the case involving four senior members of National Intelligence Agency(NIA).

They are Lamin Darboe, senior NIA operative, Alagie Edrissa Jobe alias Alagie Morr, former NIA head of Special Operation Unit, Ebrima Drammeh alias Gim, former NIA Director of Internal Security and commissioner, Kanifing Division, and Omar Jammeh alias Boy Boots, former NIA officer commanding West Roast Region.

They were being tried for the offences of assault causing actual bodily harm, common assault, and assault causing grievous bodily harm.

Today’s judgment would mark the final determination of the case in which both sides called witnesses in support of their case.

The prosecution called several witnesses including the former executive director of National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDEA), Ibrahim Bun Sanneh, former director of operations at NDEA, Ousman Sanneh, and the two complainants, Lamin Sima and Lamin Kabou, and also tendered several exhibits.

The defendants also opened their defence and called witnesses including some members of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), who testified in chambers due to security reasons, as well as tendered exhibits in support of the defence case.

The charge sheet on count one stated that the accused persons, some time in May 2009 at the NIA head office in Banjul, conspired to cause injury to the persons of Lamin Kabou and Lamin Sima.

Count two stated that the accused persons, some time in May 2009 at the NIA head office in Banjul, with intent to cause grievous harm to Lamin Kabou and Lamin Sima, unlawfully wounded Lamin Kabou and Lamin Sima, by beating them with fist blows, electric cables and metal.