Nov 3, 2009, 2:31 PM
Omar Sompo Ceesay, a former executive committee member of the Gambia football Association, GFA, yesterday continued his testimony in the trial involving former permanent secretary at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mambanyick Njie.
Mambanyick Njie is being tried for allegedly giving false information to a public officer, at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court before Principal Magistrate Hilary Abeke.
At yesterday’s hearing, the police prosecutor asked his witness, Omar Sompo Ceesay, whether he had brought the original copy of the payment voucher, but Ceesay said he brought the photocopy instead of the original.
The prosecuting officer, Saja Sanyang, then told the court that the prosecution was applying to withdraw their previous application for the tendering of the original copy of the payment voucher.
Defence counsel A.B Gaye reminded the court that the witness had said the original copy of the payment voucher was in the file, whereas the prosecutor told the court that they did not have the original copy of the payment voucher in their file.
At that juncture, the prosecutor applied for a fortnight’s adjournment to enable them put their house in order.
In response, the defence counsel told the court that the defence was not opposing the adjournment of the case, but pointed out that the prosecution was making two applications - for adjournment and withdrawing the previous application for the tendering of the original payment voucher.
He said, in the public interest, there should be an end to litigation, being civil or criminal, adding that in the interest of justice, the prosecution needed to produce the said payment voucher for the court to make progress in the case.
The case was adjourned to 16 December 2013, for hearing to continue.