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Economic crime case reaches climax

Aug 6, 2012, 11:47 AM | Article By: Malamin Conteh

The economic crime case involving Alhagie Bah, Christian Brown and Muhammed Bangura has reached its climax at the Special Criminal Court in Banjul before Justice Emmanuel Nkea.

Alhagie Bah testified as defence witness one (DW1), telling the court he lived at Farato Village and works as a Biochemist in the UK.

He added that he came to The Gambia on 19 February 2010 to regularise his status in the UK, because his visa had expired, adding that during his stay in his compound, Mr Durham Mustapha called him and sent him some electronic devices.

Bah said after receiving the devices, he called Mr Bangura and made an appointment with him, and later showed him the devices.

The devices are 8 sim boxes with their accessories, he said, adding that he collected 7 sim boxes and took them to his house.

“I approached Abdoulie Bah who suggested to me that I should take them to Mr Brown, who had an internet café at Sanchaba,” he explained.

The following day he contacted Mr Bangura and they went to Mr Brown’s house in Sanchaba, he said, adding that Brown and Bangura inspected the devices together and they went to connect them to the internet.

He said that during the process of connecting them, they had a telephone call from the owner of the devices, Mr Durham Mustapha.

He pointed out that they did not succeed in connecting the devices, but they later left the boxes with Mr Brown, stating that the business owner said the devices were meant to facilitate buying and selling to the tourists who come to The Gambia during the tourism season.

The case continues.