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Major crime boss testifies in abduction case

Feb 11, 2010, 11:48 AM | Article By: Sainey MK Marenah

The criminal trial involving six Nigerian nationals namely, Joseph Okeke alias (Charles), Nonso Mbosah, Anuwa Ibiam, Arinze Izuxuchukwu, Nonso Mbosah, Pius Patrick and their Gambian accomplice, Awa Touray, has resumed before Justice Moses Richards of the Special Criminal Court in Banjul.

When the trial resumed recently, the court heard testimony from ASP Malamin Ceesay, the officer commanding Major Crime unit of the police force.

In his testimony, ASP Ceesay told the court that the accused persons were brought to his office from Kotu police station for further investigation, in connection with the abduction of an Australian national, one Justin Leibig.

"One of the suspects took me to the scene were the man was detained, and we found a plastic toy pistol, wheel-chair and cutlass they used to threaten him," he told the court.

He further adduced that these materials were later taken to the Serious Crime unit for evidence purposes.

He added that the abducted Australian man, Justin Leibig, confirmed to them (the police) that he was detained by the accused persons, and that he was received at the airport where they escorted him to a residence in Brusubi.

Under cross-examination by the defence counsel, ASP Ceesay told the court that based on the evidence in hand, the accused persons actually conspired and abducted Justin Leibig.

The accused persons are standing trial on an 11-count criminal charge, ranging from conspiracy to commit felony, abduction in order to subject a person to grievous harm, obtaining money by false pretence, to theft and obtaining goods by false pretence.

Lawyer Assan Martin is representing all the accused, except the sixth accused person, who is being represented by Sagarr Jahateh and H Gaye.

Hearing continues on 17th February 2010.