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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Yankuba Touray’s wife cross-examined

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By Bruce Asemota

Principal state counsel K Tah has begun cross examining defence witness Mamie Minteh Touray, wife of Yankuba Touray, the embattled AFPRC junta member charged with the murder of Ousman Koro Ceesay.

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During cross-examination yesterday, Mamie Minteh told the High Court in Banjul presided over by Justice Ebrima Ba Jaiteh that she was married to the accused person in 1991 and they have six children.

She said her husband is her best friend and would tell her anything that happens in her absence and it was her idea that they named their first son after Edward Singhatey since Edward Singhatey also named his son after Yahya Jammeh.

She debunked claims that the only reason her child was named after Edward Singhatey was because of the close relationship between her husband and Edward.

Asked if her husband ever told her how he became a member of the Junta, she replied that her husband was invited to come and join them.
She told the court that she cannot remember everything that happened between July 1994 and 1997.

Mamie revealed that on the evening of 23rd June, 1995, her husband left for a meeting with Chairman Jammeh and explained that if they finished early, he would come to the house to pick Jelimusa Sowe, his orderly but if they did not finish early, he would proceed to the airport.

She stated when her husband was leaving the house, they were watching a Nigerian movie and when he returned around 12am he teased them saying they are always watching Nigerian movies.

She disclosed that she cannot describe the particular movie but denied claims that the reason she cannot remember the name of the movie was because she was not at home on that particular evening.

Asked if she knows the time Chairman Jammeh departed from The Gambia on that particular evening, she replied that she doesn’t know.
Further asked if her husband gave her any reason why he came back around midnight, she replied that her husband did not discuss with her but she assumed that he was coming from the airport.
Hearing continues today.

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