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Yanks to continue his defence in October

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By Bruce Asemota

Yankuba Touray will now continue his defence in October as he battles a charge for the alleged murder of Ousman Koro Ceesay on 23 June, 1995.

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This followed the adjournment of the case by Justice Ebrima B Jaiteh of High Court to October 5th.

During yesterday’s sittings, Yankuba said he was entitled to five military country guards as a minister and as a council member.

He stated that he could deploy any of the guards from his house and use them for any outside purposes without taking permission from the Battalion commander.

He further told the court that he doesn’t know Amat Jargum and denied claims that he instructed him to drop his family at Edward Singhatey’s house in Kerr Serigne.

Touray stated that he wasn’t aware of any threat in the country the night Chairman Jammeh was travelling and never told anyone that there was a threat.

He said he did not have any professional relationship with any of the guards and when he came back from the State House on the night of 23rd June, 1995, he never knew the guards that manned the guard post in his residence.

He stated that the guard commander usually had gadgets like the walkie- talkie which they used to communicate to each other, adding that they also had daily log book which they recorded every activity undertaken by the guards.

Yankuba Touray told the court that if something happens or goes wrong whilst they are on duty, the guard commander reports to the duty Sergeant and then to the platoon commander.

He explained that the following day being Saturday, 24th June 1995 he drove to Banjul for his usual football match and after the match, he picked some of his childhood friends and drove to Kerr Serigne for their usual Saturday get-together.

Hearing continues on 5 October, 2020.

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