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Trial of Ensa Badjie and co continues

Jul 20, 2011, 6:27 PM | Article By: Malamin Conteh

The trial involving former police chief Ensa Badjie and two former senior military officers, namely Major Kuluteh Manneh and Lt. Col Mam Matarr Secka, on Monday continued at the high court in Banjul before Justice Emmanuel Amadi.

Still continuing his testimony under cross-examination, the sixth prosecution witness (PW6), Idrish Masade, told the court he could remember making a statement at the Kotu Police Station.

He added that the statement at hand was his handwriting, but he did not know exactly where he made it.

“I could remember seeing the 3rd accused at the Kotu Police Station and, prior to that, I saw him at Sillaba Samateh’s shop at Brusubi on two occasions,” PW6 told the court.

He said that on the first occasion, he was in uniform and the other time he was not in uniform, adding that he could not remember seeing Sillaba Samateh giving money to the 3rd accused person.

The witness said that all what Sillaba told him were not lies, because Sillaba told him that if he (Sillaba) did call any of the top security officers, the person would come to him within thirty minutes, adding that when Sillaba called Kuluteh he came within thirty minutes.

“I told this court that I was working under the instructions of Pa Habibou Mbye,” he added.

He further told the court that when he went to Dakar, the 3rd accused was to surrender 20kg of cocaine, but he could not meet the 3rd accused person there.

However, he stated that the 3rd accused was aware of the transaction between him (the witness) and Sillaba Samateh.

The case continues on 20 July 2011.