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Prosecution continues testimonies in diplomatic passport saga


By Bruce Asemota

The criminal trial involving the state and Mansa Sumareh, President Adama Barrow’s ex-driver and Ebrima J.S. Sanneh ex-protocol officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, continued yesterday before Justice Ebrima Baa Jaiteh of the High Court in Banjul.

During yesterday’s sitting a new prosecution witness, the 5th opened her testimony before the court. She was Commissioner Olimatou Jammeh at the Biometric Unit at the Gambia Immigration Department who told the court that she recognised the 2nd accused person, Ebrima J.S. Sanneh.

She recalled that on the 6th August 2019, her operation commander came to her office with a diplomatic passport that was just issued and stated that the liaison officer for diplomatic and service passport made an observation that the covering approval letter from the Office of the President, as well as the one from the Foreign Affairs ministry, had no official stamps.

The witness disclosed that she asked that the application be brought to her and coincidentally, the 2nd accused person, Ebrima J.S. Sanneh turned up to collect the diplomatic passport bearing the name of Bakary Susso.

Commissioner Jammeh said she explained to Sanneh that due to lack of authentication stamp from the Office of the President and Foreign Affairs ministry, she cannot deliver the passport to him. The trial continues.

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