There has been a startling revelation as the criminal trial
case involving expelled NAM
for Nainija, Dawda Manneh, and ex-soldier Demba Baldeh, continued at the Banjul
Magistrates' Court before Magistrate Edrissa Mbai.
In his testimony Pw2, Pa Modou Jarra, told the court he is a
drug officer stationed at the National Drug Enforcement Agency headquarters in Banjul.
He said he recognised the accused persons and on the 15thSeptember 2008,
he was called by his Commander to investigate the matter and record the
statement from the 2ndaccused Demba Baldeh. He
added that he cautioned Demba Baldeh in the presence of an Independent witness
before obtaining the statement from him, adding that it was read all over to
him which he agreed and thumb printed while the Independent witness signed. He
adduced that during the interrogation Mr Baldeh told him he knows the 1staccused Dawda Manneh when he Baldeh was in the
military while Dawda Manneh was working for the agriculture department in the
Further testifying PW2 informed the court that Baldeh told
him that on the
he was coming from Tujereng when he met Dawda Manneh at around the Brusubi
roundabout and told him that he had some items for his family in the provinces.
He said Demba Baldeh also told him that he told Mr Manneh that he had oil,
sugar and 13 bundles of cannabis which he wanted to take along. He said he was
told by Mr Baldeh that Mr Manneh accepted and they made an agreement in which he
Baldeh gave Manneh the sum of D2500 for fuel and repair of the vehicle before
departure. Officer Jarra further revealed he was told by Baldeh that while on
their way Manneh was not confident in vehicle because of the scent of the
cannabis, adding that upon reaching at Sololo check-point the vehicle was
stopped. He said according to Baldeh it was Dawda Manneh who introduced himself
to the officers as a Parliamentarian, and later the vehicle was searched and 13
bundles of cannabis were found in a brown bag wrapped in black plastic bag. He
said Baldeh told him that he was arrested along with Dawda Manneh to Bansang
police Station. He said the vehicle belonged to Dawda Manneh and was in the
custody of NDEA.
Adducing further PW2 Pa Modou Jarra told the court that on the 9thOctober 2008,
Demba Baldeh was again brought from Mile 2 Central prison for further
questioning before obtaining from him another statement.
The case was adjourned to 13thNovember 2008.