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NIA, NDEA officers case heard in chamber

May 17, 2012, 2:19 PM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

The case involving senior members of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDEA) was yesterday heard in Chambers at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.

The accused persons are Lamin Darboe, a senior operative of the NIA, Edrisa Jobe alias Alagie Morr, former head of the Special Operations Unit at the NIA, Ebrima Drammeh, National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDEA) Commissioner for Kanifing Division and Omar Jammeh alias Boy Boots, Officer Commanding West Coast Region.

All are being tried on charges of unlawfully wounding with intent to do grievous harm, and for conspiracy.

When the case was called in an open court and all the accused persons were in the dock, the trial magistrate rose and went into his chambers.

He later communicated with both the Director of Special Litigation D.O Kulo, and the defence counsel lawyers Abdoulie Sissoho and Lumina Frage

According to Kulo, the witness is a security personnel and the court decided for him to give evidence in chambers, for security reasons.

The case was adjourned till 7 June 2012.

It was alleged that the accused persons in May 2009, at NIA head office in Banjul with intent to do some grievous harm to Lamin Kabou, wounded Kabou by beating him with first blows, an electric cable and metals.

It was further alleged that, in May 2009 at NIA head office Banjul, they conspired among themselves to cause injury to the person of Lamin Kabou and Lamin Sima.