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Ex-Minister Waa Juwara & Co trial continues

Aug 21, 2014, 9:47 AM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

The trial continued of former Lands minister Lamin Waa Juwara, Hamidou Jallow, ex-principal lands and surveys officer, and Tamsir Onassis Conteh a businessman, at the Banjul magistrates’ court before principal magistrate Lamin Mbai.

Continuing his testimony under cross-examination, Saikou Sanyang told the court that he has been permanent secretary at the Ministry of Lands for eight years now.

He said among the accused persons only the first accused person was an applicant, who made a submission to the ministry for compensation.

“I cannot remember the date and the year, but I am aware that he made an application for compensation to the ministry,” said Sanyang.

Asked by the defence counsel, Abdoulie Sisoho, whether the 2nd accused person supported or signed any of the documents, Sanyang said “No” and that if he did, he did not see this among the papers.

He said among the supporting documents were letters from the Alkalo of Tanji, a letter from the department of Lands and Surveys and the Brikama Area Council.

He said he could not say that each and every action of the accused persons was documented.

The case was adjourned to 27 August 2014, for continuation of the hearing.