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Trial of Ensa Badjie & co progresses

Nov 16, 2011, 1:33 PM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

The case involving ex-police chief Ensa Badjie and Tijan Badjie, former officer commanding prosecution Banjul Division, yesterday proceeded at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court with the testimony of the fourth prosecution witness.

Testifying under cross-examination, Ismaila Mendy told the court that he had served in the Gambia Police Force for 29 years, and was among the panelists who investigated the accused persons.

He pointed out that Sheriff Sanyang was the head of the panel, a National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDEA) officer.

When asked by defence counsel who was the most senior, when the accused persons were in the office, the witness told the court that the accused persons were his senior, noting that when the panel was formed he was then a sub-inspector.

He said Sheriff Sanyang is presently with the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Liberia, and he was the most senior officer on the panel during the investigation.

He noted that at the end of the investigation, a report was sent to the police, who sent the report to the Attorney General’s Chambers for advice.

When further quizzed by defence counsel, as to who signed the report before it was taken to the police, the witness said normally the most senior officer among the investigating team signs the report.

The case was then adjourned till 4th December 2011.