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NIA Director of Analysis Appears in Court

Oct 9, 2008, 4:28 AM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

Mr. Mbemba Hydara, Director of Analysis at the National Intelligence Agency, yesterday, Wednesday 8th October 2008, testified in the ongoing trial of Abdou Aziz Dampha, a security operative at the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) charged with giving false information to the authorities.

The case resumed yesterday at Banjul Magistrates' Court before Principal Magistrate Edrissa Mbai.

The Wednesday proceedings saw the testimony of the prosecution first witness, Mr. Mbemba Hydara, Director of Analysis at the National Intelligence Agency.

Mr Hydara told the court that some time in the month of July 2008, his office received a written report from the accused person, who was at the time posted in Lower River Region, containing two allegations against Governor Momodou Soma Jobe.

In that report, he continued, the accused indicated that there was a political problem in Lower River Region and caused by Governor Soma Jobe, and also unlawful issuance of licence to the wood dealers in the said region.

Further asked by the prosecutor, Cadet Inspector Keita, to elaborate more on matters relating to the case, Mr. Hydara told the court that he has to seek the consent of his office before he could disclose anything else, noting that he has taken oath to keep the confidentiality of the institution.

The case was adjourned to early October when a date will be set for hearing.