One of 16 accused persons facing terrorism-related offences at the Special Criminal Court in Banjul the Gambian capital, Kemo Conteh, told the High Court that he was seriously beaten up at the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) by state security agents, APA learns here on Thursday.
According to the privately owned Point Newspaper on Wednesday, Kemo Conteh who represented himself at the trial said this while cross-examining the prosecution’s fourth witness, Salifu M. Nyang.
Nyang is a station officer at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Bakoteh Police Station, about 14km from Banjul.
The CID officer refuted the torture allegations, and said all what he said in court was the truth.
“I have never arrested you,” Nyang responded in answering to another question put to him by the witness.
The accused persons who all denied the charges are Alasana Thomas Jarju, Maulud Badjie, Lasana (Prosper) Sambou, Ousman Jarju, Mansour Jatta, Sedat Jatta, Sedat Jarju, Fabia Nyafuneh, Pa Ousman Badjie, Abdoulie Jatta, Mumin Bah and Abdoulie Jarju, all Senegalese, and Samsideem Jammeh, Kebba Seckan, Kemo Conteh and Sam Kambai, all Gambians.
They were alleged to have, on 8 August 2006, at Darsilameh and diverse places in the West Coast Region, “jointly conducted and engaged themselves in an unlawful act which may seriously destabilize or destroy the fundamental, political, constitutional, economic and social structure of The Gambia.”
The case was adjourned till 16th and 17th February.