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Darboe & Co trial: State to decide whether or not to close case

Jun 22, 2016, 10:38 AM | Article By: Halimatou Ceesay

The state represented by DPP yesterday told the court that they were seeking an adjournment, to advise themselves on whether or not to close their case or bring up other witnesses, in the case involving the leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP) Ousainou Darboe and nineteen others.

The DPP made the application before Justice E.O. Dada at the Banjul High Court, after the testimonies of PW10 and PW11.

When the case was called, Saikou Bojang from Kassa Kunda and a police officer attached to Police headquarters in Banjul testified as the tenth prosecution witness (PW10).

He said he is a 1st class constable and could recognise one of the accused persons, Ousainou Darboe. The DPP then asked him if he knew one Lamin Jatta, and he said “yes”.

He said that on 16 and 19 April 2016, he was at Police headquarters in Banjul and was informed by his commander to go to the PIU in Kanifing to caution and charge the accused person.

Upon arriving, he was assigned to caution Lamin Jatta, adding that he read the cautionary wordings to him and he did understand.

He said he recorded his statement and read it all over to him.

The statements were shown to him in court and he identified them, and the DPP applied to tender the statement.

The accused person was asked if he had any objection to the tendering of the statement, but he remained silent. The statement was then tendered and marked in evidence as an exhibit.

The accused person was then asked if he had any questions for the witness, but he still remained silent. The witness was then discharged.

Sarjo Bah, the eleventh prosecution witness(PW11), in his testimony, said he recorded the statements of Fakebba Colley, Juguna Susso, Mamady Fatty, and Dodou Ceesay.

On 16 April 2016, when he reported to work at the Serious Crime Unit at Police headquarters, he was told by his boss to go to the PIU in Kanifing to obtain statements from the four accused persons.

Upon arriving, he called them one by one and obtained cautionary and voluntary statements from them.

Before taking their statements, he read the cautionary wordings to them and translated it into Mandinka to them, which they acknowledged. Some of them thumb-printed and others signed their statements.

After taking their statement, he read it over to them and they agreed and some of them thumb-printed whilst others signed.

The documents were shown to him, and he identified them and the DPP applied to tender them.

The accused persons were then asked if they had any objection, but they remained silent and the documents were tendered in court.

The four accused persons also remained silent, when asked if they had any questions for the witness. The witness was discharged.

The DPP then informed the court that he was applying for an adjournment, so they could advise themselves on whether or not to come up with another witness or close their case.

The case was then adjourned until Monday at 12 noon.