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Musa Suso continues testimony in Ex-IGP Badjie and others case

Jun 1, 2011, 2:21 PM | Article By: Malamin Conteh

Musa Suso, former National Assembly Member for Kombo North, yesterday continued his testimony in the trial of former police chief Ensa Badjie and former police prosecutor Tijan Badjie, at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court before Magistrate Taiwo Alagba.

Ensa Badjie and Tijan Badjie are being tried on a four-count charge of conspiracy to defeat justice, destroying evidence, abuse of office and deceiving witness.

Continuing his testimony, Musa Suso told the court that he was subjected to pressure, when he was in the prison, for him to change his statement.

“As a result, I was transferred to Jangjangbureh Prison. Ensa Badjie told me to lie against Burama Dibba and Benedict Jammeh, but I refused,” Suso said.

“I was summoned by Commissioner Ousainou Colley of Prison and told that Ensa Badjie gave a complaint that I provoked him while I was in the prison,” Musa Suso further told the court.

“I then told Commissioner Colley that he (Ensa Badjie) should be present in the charge office, because I was a prisoner like him,” he added.

“Colley told me that I knew that Ensa Badjie was the former IGP. I also told Colley that if he addresses Ensa Badjie as ‘the former IGP’, he should also address me as a ‘former National Assembly Member,” he continued.

Suso further told the court that Ousainou Colley then told him that he should try and change his statement, because his family is suffering, if not he (Suso) would also suffer more. He added that his visitors were stopped from visiting him because he refused to change his statement.

Suso also told the court that when his case was transferred to the High Court, he told the judge that he could not have access to his lawyer and his family.

The judge then made an order that he should have access to his lawyer and his family, adding that the way he was being treated was bad.

The case at that juncture was adjourned till 6th June 2011, for cross examination.