By Baba Sillah
Antonio Daniel, the proprietor of Capital Gas was the latest witness to appear before the Janneh Commission to explain the contracts between his company and Gam Petroleum.
Mr Daniel in his brief evidence before the inquiry yesterday, confirmed the payment of $ US 95,000 to him by Gam Petroleum as well as salaries paid to him and his team.
He explained that he was paid a salary with his team every month for the contract he had with Gam Petroleum and the 10% share in the company which he asserted was for compensation but he did not know the value of the said percentage.
Commission Counsel, Amie Bensouda however tasked him to provide documents so as to ascertain how much he was paid every month.
Mr Daniel, an Argentinean, further revealed that Afri Star boss, Tony Ghattas had done part of the civic work including him and others as well.
He also confirmed that he had also done marine line work for the company, confirming that one of his managers was the project manager but would not know exactly what the purpose of these projects was.
However, he claimed that after completing the project, he could not get some of his money but was compensated with a badge and a welding machine. A contract agreement dated 27 September, 2008 between Capital Gas and Gam Petroleum was shown to him, saying it was meant to provide a tuck boat and a badge to Gam Petroleum.
Mr Daniel notwithstanding acknowledged that this was one of the biggest projects he had in The Gambia.