Saturday, October 22, 2011

Two Policemen Testify Against Anti-Drug Agents

Two policemen on Wednesday testified against the two anti-narcotic agents alleged to have tortured a drug suspect, Cherno Alieu Suwareh of Bakau to death in March this year.
Ebou Lowe and Eku Grant are standing trial at the Special Criminal Court in Banjul on allegation of murder, but they pleaded not guilty.
Testifying as state witness no.14, ASP Sereign Ndure, a police officer attached to Amdalaye police station said, Mr Lowe and Grant have been identified by witnesses as the anti-drug agents who unleashed torture on late Cherno Suwareh after they raided his house in Bakau.
He produced a report of the identification parade, which was then tendered as evidence.
However, when asked by the lawyer for Eku Grant whether the report indicates that the accused persons had tortured Mr Suwareh, he confirmed that the report did not indicate that the accused tortured the deceased.
Ndure also revealed that some of the witness statements only mentioned Ebou Lowe, the first accused person, noting that Eku Grant was never mentioned.
Also testifying, Lamin Fatty affirmed that he took the picture during the identification parade, which he said, he signed before sending them to the major crime unit.
He however said, the witnesses only identified the accused persons as the officers who raided Cherno Suwareh’s house.
The trial will continue November 1, 2011.

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