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Ex-GPA cashier trial resumes

Nov 25, 2013, 9:22 AM | Article By: Malamin L.M. Conteh

The six million dalasi economic crime case involving one Jahou Jammeh, a former cashier of the Gambia Ports Authority (GPA), resumed recently at the Special Criminal Court in Banjul before Justice Emmanuel Nkea.

The case resumed with the testimony of the seventh prosecution witness (PW7), Fatoumata Touray, a police officer, who told the court in her evidence-in-chief that she knew the accused person, as they had a case file against the accused when she was at the fraud squad.

She said she obtained a cautionary statement from the accused, Jahou Jammeh, and prior to obtaining the statement, she asked the accused whether she could write her own statement, but the accused answered in the negative.

She then read the cautionary wording to the accused in the language she claimed to understand and after recording the statement the accused read it herself and confirmed it to be true.

In doing so, she invited an independent witness to be part of it, she testified, adding that the accused signed, she signed and the independent witness also signed the statement.

Asked by the state counsel whether she would be able to recognise the statement, she answered in the affirmative.

The statement was shown to her and she recognised it by her signature. 

The state counsel then applied to tender the statement in evidence as exhibit and it was admitted accordingly.

The case continues on 28 November 2013.