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Police officer testifies in economic crime trial

Mar 28, 2014, 10:10 AM | Article By: Malamin L.M. Conteh

The economic crime trial involving one Bella Jallow yesterday proceeded before Justice Emmanuel Ahmadi of the Special Criminal Court in Banjul with the evidence of PW2, Abdourahman Jobe.

Testifying, the second prosecution witness (PW2), officer Jobe, told the court he lives in Essau village in the North Bank Region, and he is a police officer attached to the fraud squad at the police headquarters.

He said he recognized the accused and on 4 June 2013, he was instructed by his boss to obtain a cautionary statement from the accused and in doing so, he invited an independent witness and read the cautionary wording to the accused in Wolof language.

After reading it to him, he said he understood and thumb-printed it; the independent witness signed and he then obtained the cautionary statement from the accused Bella Jallow.

The said statement was shown to him, which he recognized, and the prosecutor then applied to tender it in evidence as exhibit. There was no objection from the accused and the statement was admitted in evidence as exhibit.