By Binta A Bah
The officer, who obtained cautionary and voluntary statements from Lamin Jobarteh, a former justice minister tried alongside Bah, said he dined Bah access to a lawyer before taking his cautionary statements because he was not entitled to do so.
“I did not because I was not entitled to do so,” Musa Jarju told a packed court gallary. “I was not the head of the investigation panel,” he added while grilled by Bah’s lawyer, Lamin Camara.
Njogu Bah, Lamin Jobarteh and Pa Harry Jammeh, a former Solicitor General and Legal Secretary, are on trial at the High Court in Banjul on three charges: giving false information to a public servant, abuse of office, and conspiracy to carry out a lawful purpose by unlawful means.
They have denied allegations that they had conspired among themselves to remove Justice Joseph Wowo, a former President of the Appeals Court, by an unlawful means-to-wit: orchestrating his arrest, detention and mock trial.
They are further accused of giving false information that the president of The Gambia has directed the termination of the appointment of Justice Wowo knowing the information to be false.
Bah’s cautionary and voluntary statements were tendered as evidence, as the trial resumes on August 28.