Mar 27, 2008, 8:15 AM
The police have preferred fresh charges against Musa Suso, former National Assembly Member for Kombo North.
Muso Suso was yesterday arraigned before Senior Magistrate Kayode of the Banjul Magistrates' Court charged with four counts of giving false information to a public officer contrary to section 114(a) of the Criminal Procedure Code cap. 10, volume III, Laws of The Gambia 1990.
In count one the particulars of the offence stated that "the accused, Musa Suso, in the year 2007 at the police headquarters in Banjul, gave false information to the then IGP, Ben Jammeh, and the then Crime Management that the Director of Prisons, Mr David Colley, has received an unspecified amount of fuel from your friend Ebou Khan while you were incarcerated at the Mile II prisons knowing it to be false or believed it to be untrue at the time."
The offence in count two read that the accused, Musa Suso, in 2007 at the police headquarters in Banjul falsely informed the then IGP, Benedict Jammeh, and the then CMC Burama Dibba that Mr David Colley, the Director of Prisons, had diverted a satellite dish bought for the prison's inmates by Ndey Conteh, inmate Batch Faye's mother, to his personal use, which information he knew to be false or believed it to be untrue at the time.
In count three the offence stated that in 2007 at the police headquarters in Banjul the accused gave false information to the then IGP, Ben Jammeh, and the then Crime Management Co-ordinator, Burama Dibba, that Director of Prisons David Colley had fed carcass of a bull to inmates at Mile II prisons and that the action led to the death of several inmates. The statement of offence further noted that the accused knew that the information was false or believed it to be untrue at the time.
The particulars of offence for count four indicated that the accused in 2007 at police headquarters gave false information to the then IGP and the then Crime Management Co-ordinator, to the effect that the Director of Prisons made Musa's friend Sedia Jatta to paint a prison truck through his influence while Musa was incarcerated at the Mile II Prisons which he knew to be false or did not believe to be true at the time.
Meanwhile the defence counsel, Lamin Jobarteh, made an application for the prosecution to make certain documents available to the defence to enable them prepare their defence.
The police prosecutor, ASP Badjie, objected to the defence's application, arguing that the application seeks to disarm the prosecution because the documents in question are the original documents that the prosecution was going to use against the accused.
The case was adjourned to 13th August for ruling on the defence's application.