May 13, 2009, 7:44 AM
Idrish Masade, the sixth prosecution witness (PW6), was on Friday cross-examined in the criminal trial involving former police chief Ensa Badjie and two former military officers, namely Major Kuluteh Manneh and Lt. Col Mam Matarr Secka, at the high court in Banjul before Justice Emmanuel Amadi.
Continuing his testimony under cross-examination, Idrish Masade told the court that he only made a witness statement at the NIA but the three witness statements which were obtained from him at Kotu and Banjul Police Station were not at his disposal.
When the statement was shown to the witness, he admitted ownership of the statement, as it bore his signature, but he denied the contents of the statement.
He explained that he had never said in his statement that he gave 14,000 dollars to Sillaba Samateh, for Sillaba to give the said amount to Ensa Badjie.
He also added that he did not say, in his statement at the Kotu Police Station, that he personally gave 14,000 dollars to Ensa Badjie, adding that the 14,000 dollars was not given to Ensa Badjie in his presence.
Defence counsel Borry Touray at that juncture applied to tender the said statement obtained from the witness at the NIA, but his application was not granted.
The case continues on Monday.