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Navy officer testifies in Ensa Badjie and Co case

Aug 10, 2012, 10:08 AM | Article By: Malamin L.M. Conteh

Babucarr Ndaw, a navy officer, yesterday testified as defence witness number 4 (DW4), in the case involving former police chief Ensa Badjie, and two former senior army officers, Lt. Col Mam Matarr Secka and Major Kuluteh Manneh, at the Special Criminal Court in Banjul before Justice Emmanuel Nkea.

Ndaw told the court that he knew the 1st accused, Ensa Badjie, in 2005, when he went to Sudan for a peacekeeping mission under the African Union.

He said he met Ensa Badjie there, and in July 2005, when he was coming to The Gambia on holidays, Badjie gave him money in dollars to give it to his brother, Ousman Bajie, who was then the State Guard commander, but he did not know the amount.

Under cross-examination by the Director of Public Prosecutions, S.H. Barkun, the witness adduced that the money was sealed in an envelope, and he was not present when the accused was sealing the envelope.

He said he could only presume that the content of the envelope was money.

The case continues on 8 October 2012.