Oct 28, 2009, 5:40 PM
The former commander of the military police, Major Kuluteh Manneh, yesterday tendered his passport in court as an exhibit, as he continued his defence testimony in the case involving him, former police chief Ensa Badjie, and Lt. Col Mam Matarr Secka, at the Special Criminal Court in Banjul.
Major Manneh told the court that he had no dealings with Omar Ndaw, and did not know Ikemafuna, adding that he could not remember seeing Ikemafuna, as he had never appeared before the panel and had never appeared before the court to give evidence against him.
Manneh denied receiving 30,000 Euro from Ikemafuna.
The witness further told the court that he could not remember travelling to Dakar to deliver prohibited drugs to Edurissu Masade, and that Sillaba never ever gave him prohibited drugs to transport to Dakar.
He said that Edurissu himself had confirmed that when he arrived in Dakar he called him, but he could not reach him.
Major Manneh denied travelling to Dakar in 2009, adding that in his capacity as an officer serving with the Gambia armed forces, before leaving this country on whatever mission, there must be an approval document from defence headquarters for security clearance otherwise upon his arrival in any country, he could be arrested and extradited to The Gambia.
Ex-army officer further told the court that he had a passport, and could recognize it by his passport picture.
At that juncture, the defence counsel applied to tender the passport, which was admitted as a defence exhibit.
He added that his passport had nothing to show that he had travelled out of The Gambia in 2009.
The witness adduced that counts 44, 45, 46 and 47, which were economic crimes had no source and the names in them were ghost names, except Omar Ndaw, because they never appeared before the panel at the NIA and never appeared before the court to give evidence.
He said Omar Ndaw never told the court that he (Ndaw) gave him money.
The case continues today.