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Yanks maintains he returned to State House after seeing off Jammeh at airport

By Bruce Asemota

Yankuba Touray, a suspect in the killing of former minister Ousman Koro Ceesay, yesterday told the High Court presided over by Justice Ebrima Ba Jaiteh that after seeing off ex- president Jammeh at the Banjul International Airport on the 25th June, 1995, he was driven back to the State House in Banjul by one Pa Malang, Jammeh’s former driver in the company of Lang Tombong Tamba, then state guard commander.

Touray made these revelations under cross-examination by counsel K. Tah.

He acknowledged that he spoke to his former orderly Ensa Mendy and Alagie Kanyi [who had testified for the prosecution] but their discussion was based on the November 11, 1994 aborted coup.

According to Yankuba, the time he called Ensa Mendy, he was not yet identified as a witness of the TRRC and their discussion was not related to the alleged murder of Ousman Koro Ceesay.

Touray said he had cordial relationship with his subordinates who served under him such as Ensa Mendy and Amat Jargum.

He said he cannot remember whether the cabinet ever launched an investigation into the death of Koro Ceesay but could recall that a coroner inquest was requested by the cabinet.

He explained that the office of the Chairman of AFPRC did issue a statement on the rumour surrounding the death of Ousman Koro Ceesay and that he was aware of rumours of the involvement of some Council members including himself.

He further told the court that it was during the TRRC sittings that he heard that the alleged murder of Koro Ceesay happened in his residence as well as suggestions of his personal involvement.

The trial continues today.

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