By Rohey Jadama The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Hadi Saleh Bakum, yesterday, 1 July, continued the cross examination of Mr. Momodou Sabally, the erstwhile Secretary General and Minister for presidential Affairs who is standing trial before Justice Emmanuel Amadi of the Banjul High Court.The accused was represented by Antouman Gaye, whilst the DPP appeared for the state. “You did not want to tell your boss the truth that the vehicles were for sale?” said the DPP “I disagree with your statement because I had already told my boss the truth that the vehicles were presented as donations to him,” said Sabally. “You did not tell your boss that the purported donation was associated with a business deal as it was purportedly presented to you by PW10?” ask the Chief prosecutor. Sabally said, “The cars were presented as gifts for donation to the president without any conditions attached and they were accepted as such?” “If the cars were for donation why did you not care to ask for the title deed from PW10?” ask the DPP. “The office I was running was a very busy office as such most of my responsibilities were delegated and as heard in evidence the keys were handed to Lieutenant Colonel Ansumana Tamba in the presence of Ndoye and I expected him to surrender anything related to the vehicle to him henceforth,” said the former SG. “Did you delegate Ansumana Tamba to collect the title deeds?” enquired the DPP. “Yes, I delegated Tamba to receive the keys and everything related to the vehicle, including the title deeds,” said Sabally DPP asked, “Could it be that because of your busy schedule you did not have time to attend to PW10 when presented exhibit P7 and P8?” “These exhibits were never presented to me.” DPP asked, “Did you remember telling this court that PW1 brought an envelope but you told him that you have a number of documents on your desk and that you will get back to him?” Sabally responded, “An envelope was presented to me and I decline receiving it because was too many documents on my desk and I feared losing it.” DPP asked, “Are you are saying that that you decline to take the envelope because of your busy schedule?” Sabally answered, “No am not saying that, this was a weekend and the records clerk were not in court for reasons of safety and procedure. I always receive documents through the records office.” DPP added, “I’m putting it to you that you knew what PW1 was bringing to you earlier, as the same document was brought to you by PW10 because you had made up your mind to scuttle the sales transaction because you did not want to hear about it.” Sabally answered, “I disagree with you because there is no way I can know the content of the sealed envelope, at that time no sale was mentioned and I had no intention to scuttle any sale and I did not remember PW10 giving me any envelope.” DPP asked, “I’m putting it to you that the issue of the cars were for sale from the inception?” Sabally answered, “No the cars were never meant for sale from the beginning.” DPP added, “The deal of the purported donation was your misrepresentation?” Sabally answered, “No the cars were meant for donation and that is the truth.” Mr. Sabally while still responding to questions from the DPP told the court that he has a dual relationship with Lamin Manga, the former Director of Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS). He added that Mr. Manga used to receive official instructions from him and report back to him. He added that Miss Mariama Sillah was an acquaintance and that she was introduced to him by Mr. Manga purposely for the transaction. When asked whether he knows the relationship between Manga and Ms. Sillah, Sabally responded in the negative. “How close were you with Mr. Graham, the Managing Director of Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation?” asked the DPP. “We have professional and official relationships,” responded Sabally. “Why did you take it upon yourself to introduce Ms. Sillah to Mr. Graham?” asked the DPP. “Because the project she presented to me (Youth Career development) was relevant to national development and the institution Mr. Graham heads is also for national development?” responded the former SG. “Do you have any ministry of youth in this country?” asked the DPP. Sabally responded in the positive. DPP asked, “Why did you not forward her request to the ministry of youths and sports?” Sabally answered, “I thought they did not have the capacity to meet her assistance for the project.” Sabally said he presented the issue to the MD of SSHFC by phone and that he did not write to him formally knowing fully well that he was not giving any instruction from his office. He was asked whether that was in line with his purview as SG. “I was not acting in my capacity as SG but as a concerned young Gambian interested in youth development and that Manga presented Ms. Sillah to him so that he could help and that he had a relationship with MD SSHFC during my tenure as Budget Director under the ministry of finance and I did not know any relationship between Manga and Graham,” said the former SG. At this stage, exhibit P1A was shown to him and the DPP asked him whether he stated there that he was acting as a concerned young Gambian and not in his capacity as SG. “It is not explicitly stated there,” replied Sabally. The case will resume on Monday 6 June 2015 for continuation of cross-examination.]]>
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