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Treason case continues

Jul 13, 2012, 12:41 PM | Article By: Malamin L.M. Conteh

The trial on charges of treason involving one Foday Gassama continued yesterday at the high court in Banjul before Justice M. Abdullah with a state security agent giving evidence.

The witness told the court that he is a state security agent attached to the Office of the President.

He further told the court that he recognised the accused, Foday Gassama, and could recall that on 13 February 2012, when his unit received a directive to look into an alleged security threat involving the accused person.

As a result, the unit launched an investigation into the matter and during the course of the investigation, cautionary statement was recorded from the accused person in the presence of an independent witness, one Foday Sanyang, the witness told the court.

The witness added that the cautionary wording was read over to the accused in a language he claimed to understand, which he thumb-printed and the independent witness signed.

The suspect admitted that he visited Farafenni Army Camp, the witness said, adding that if the said statement was shown to him he would be able to recognize it.

He identified the statement which was admitted and marked as an exhibit without any objection from the defence counsel.

Still testifying, the witness told the court that he had been working as a state security agent for 16 years, adding that he compiled a report and the accused was sent to RVTH for a psychiatric test, and later took the accused person to the State Central Prison Mile 2.

The medical certificate issued to the accused as a result of the test was also tendered and marked as an exhibit without any objection from the defence.

The case continues on 16 July 2012.

It would be recalled the charge was that the accused person, Foday Gassama, on 7 February 2012 at the army barracks of the Farafenni 2nd Infantry Battalion in the North Bank Region, allegedly solicited assistance from the military at the army barracks in order to overthrow the democratically-elected government by unlawful means.  

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