Nov 18, 2009, 2:33 PM
The Bundung Magistrates’ Court recently ordered the deportation of a Nigerian national, one Osatou Ahambong, following his conviction for importation and exportation of a person.
Osatou Ahambong was fined D10, 000 in default to serve five years in prison, and he should pay the fine before 15 September 2011.
The court also ordered that, after paying the money, he should surrender himself to the police for deportation.
Magistrate Lamin Mbai in handing down his judgment stated that the convict was charged with the offence of importation and exportation of a person, and under the prohibition of trafficking in person, adding that he denied both charges.
He added that the prosecution had called four witnesses, including the victims who were imported from Nigeria to The Gambia under the pretext of taking them to Spain.
The magistrate further stated that the evidence adduced by the prosecution witnesses corroborated each other, and supported the charge preferred against the convict.
He added that the prosecution had proven their case beyond all reasonable doubts to warrant a conviction.
He further stated that the victims told the court that they were brought to The Gambia from Nigeria by the convict with the pretext of taking them to Spain.
He said the court was satisfied with the evidence adduced by the prosecution witnesses, who had linked the convict with the charges before the court.