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‘My mission was to confirm Major Kuluteh Manneh’s involvement’ PW6 tells court

Jul 14, 2011, 1:16 PM | Article By: Malamin Conteh

Idrish Masade, the sixth prosecution witness, yesterday told the high court in Banjul that he facilitated only one drug buyer for Sillaba Samateh, in the name of one Muhamed Ceesay, who gave Sillaba 3,700 Euro in return for cocaine, but that his mission was to confirm the involvement of Major Kuluteh Manneh, which he did.

Idrish was testifying yesterday under cross-examination in the trial involving former police chief Ensa Badjie and two other military officers, namely Major Kuluteh Manneh and Lt. Col Mam Matarr Secka, before Justice Emmanuel Amadi.

The witness told the court that he gave a statement to the police in connection with this case, and that several panels were set up during the course of the investigation.

“I only facilitated one buyer for Sillaba, by the name Muhammed Ceesay, who also told me he (Ceesay) had instructed one Omar Ndaw to transport the drugs to Dakar.

“Ceesay disclosed that the drugs that were sent to Dakar were not delivered to their customers,” the witness added.

Idrish further told the court that one Aron David Wright and Muhammed Ceesay did not tell him the exact amount they delivered to Sillaba Samateh.

Idrish admitted under cross-examination that he gave money to Sillaba Samateh in order to transport 20 kg of drugs to Dakar, but he did not receive any drugs in Dakar, and the people who gave him money in return for drugs never received any drugs.

“I believed that Sillaba was a fraudster. I did not know whether others had received their money, because that was not my mission,” he added, stating that he was working under instructions, and that was to confirm the involvement of Major Kuluteh Manneh, which he succeeded in doing.

Idrish told the court that he had a personal discussion with the 1st accused person, when it was put to him by the defence counsel that he never had personal dealings with Essa Badjie.

“I mentioned in all my three statements that 14,000 dollars was given to Ensa Badjie. I made it clear to the court that 14,000 dollars was given to Ensa Badjie,” he testified.

The case continues on Friday.