May 29, 2008, 5:21 AM
Inspector Fadara, the prosecuting officer in the criminal case involving Hadim Lowe and Maher Abd-EL Wakil, recently call his first prosecution witness to testify.
The accused persons are standing trail for allegedly purchasing forged US Dollar notes. They denied the charge.
The case was presided over by Magistrate Mbackeh of the Kanifing Magistrates' Court.
In his testimony, Pa Omar Khan a police officer attached to Serrekunda police Station CID office told the court that he recognised the accused persons and he could remember the 1st of February 2009.
He testified that on the 1st of February 2009 while he was on duty at the Serra kunda police station he receive a case file of suspected forged US$ I00 note.
Further testifying PWI, told the court that, he was assigned to investigate the Matter, adding that, he questioned the second accused pertaining to the said fake dollar note and he replied that he was given US$500 by a colleague to change it to dalasi.
He states that at the shop it was found that only US$400 was good but the US100 dollar note was forged.
Still under testimony, PW1 adduced that the 1st accused call on his colleague to report the matter to the police.
According to PW1 he went to the 2nd accused shop where the dollar was change and they tested it and it was found that the said dollar note was forged.
He narrated that he obtain a statement from the 1st accused and the 100 dollar note was sent to the Central Bank for further verification and a certificate was issued to that effect confirming that the US$100 note was a forged one.