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‘I was aware that Edward was vice chairman of AFPRC’

Jun 25, 2020, 11:08 AM | Article By: Dawda Faye

Awa Minteh, first defence witness in Yankuba’s trial, yesterday told the High Court in Banjul before Justice Ebrima Jaiteh that she was aware that Edward Singhateh was the Vice Chairman of AFPRC as from 1995, and this was all over the media.

Further testifying under cross-examination by State Counsel Yusuf, she told the court that she never saw Edward’s family visit their house at Cape Point. She posited that she also never saw Edward visit their house at Cape Point.

She was asked after they moved to Kerr Sering in 1995, if Edward’s family visited their house at Kerr Sering. In response, she stated that she never saw them visit their house at Kerr Sering. Asked whether Edward visited their house at Kerr Sering, she answered that she only saw Edward when he attended the naming ceremony of her sister’s second child, adding that they had an event in the evening and he was there. She informed the court that the child was named after him.

“How often did your family visit Edward’s family at Cape Point while you were at Kerr Sering?” she was asked.

“We have never visited Edward’s house as a family when we were at Kerr Sering,” Madam Minteh replied.

She was also asked whether the accused visited Edward at Cape Point while they were at Kerr Sering, and she said she did not know and that the accused would not tell her if he did so. She testified that she would not know whether her sister, Mamy Minteh, ever visited Edward with Yankuba.

She was asked whether whatever her sister does in her absence or without her knowledge she would always inform her. She answered that she would leave everything with her.

“It is correct that if any member or members of your family visited Edward at Cape Point you would not know?’ A.M. Yusuf asked her.

“I would know because it involved my sister,” she replied.

It was put to her that when she was at school she would not know what was happening in the compound, and she answered that she would not. She told the court that they lived as a family and her sister would tell her what happened at the house.

She informed the court that Edward never visited little Edward or brought gifts for him. It was put to her that she was not aware of Edward’s ministerial position as defence minister because she was at a tender age. She answered in the positive.

“Mamy never told you she met Edward as Vice Chairman of AFPRC?” A.M. Yusuf enquired.

“No,” she said.

“How do you know that Edward was Minister of Defence in 1995?” she was asked.

“As children in school, we would talk about the AFPRC in our social study classes,” she answered.

The matter continues today.

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