Commissioner Olimatou Jammeh liable for the Diplomatic Passport Unit on the Gambia Immigration Division on Monday, twenty sixth April testified within the diplomatic passport case involving Mansa Sumareh and Ebrima J. Sanneh.
Mansa was the Chief Driver on the State Home whereas Ebrima J. Sanneh was a former protocol officer on the Ministry of Overseas Affairs. The 2 are standing trial on expenses of conspiracy and forgery. They’re accused of conspiring amongst themselves to acquire Gambian diplomatic passports for Bakary Suso.
Testifying because the fifth prosecution witness, Olimatou Jammeh mentioned she solely is aware of Ebrima J. Sanneh, the second accused particular person. In narrating the matter, she mentioned on sixth August 2019, her operations commander got here to her workplace with a diplomatic passport that was issued on the very day. She mentioned the operations commander knowledgeable her that liaison officer for diplomatic and repair passport made an remark that the duvet letter for approval from the Workplace of the President was not bearing the official stamps of the President’s Workplace and that of the Ministry of Overseas Affairs.
The resident of Nema-su Format mentioned the instruction she was given was to withhold the issuance of the passport till the 2 official stamps had been supplied. She mentioned she determined to look into the register containing the names of protocol officers that accompanied candidates and discovered that Bakary Okay. Suso was accompanied by Ebrima J. Sanneh, the second accused particular person.
On that day, she mentioned the 2nd accused particular person got here to gather the diplomatic passport on the supply level and was referred to her workplace.
“I now defined to him that as a result of lack of the 2 authentication stamps from these two places of work, [Office of the President and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs], we can’t ship the passport [to him],” she mentioned.
She mentioned Sanneh requested for the copy of the duvet letter to return to the Workplace of the President and the Ministry of Overseas Affairs to get the official stamps for endorsement of the passport. She mentioned she copied the doc and gave Ebrima J. Sanneh the opposite copy to take with him.
On the next day, she mentioned Sanneh introduced again the doc and this time, it has each official stamps from the 2 places of work.
“When he gave it to me, I used to be by some means sceptical as a result of I wasn’t satisfied about it. I suggested him to return; that I’ll get again to him,” she mentioned.
“Why had been you not satisfied?” requested Lawyer Patrick Gomez for the State.
“As a result of it was not widespread that each stamps from these two places of work had been lacking in a canopy letter,” the witness mentioned.
She defined that she deemed it essential to seek the advice of no less than one of many approving officers on the Ministry of Overseas Affairs. She mentioned she phoned the Director of Protocols, however could not get the particular person. Nonetheless, she mentioned she was in a position to get Salimatou Touray, the Everlasting Secretary of the Ministry, and requested her in regards to the signatures on the duvet letter. After someday, she mentioned PS Touray advised her that she doesn’t know the signature of the particular person on the duvet letter.
“Do you [come to] know whose signature was on the duvet letter?” Lawyer Gomez requested.
“It was the signature of 1 Ndey Awa Cham on the Ministry of Overseas Affairs,” the witness mentioned.
The witness mentioned the subsequent day he ready a report titled “Request for Verification” which was addressed to his command who had been purported to ahead it to the Ministry.
The witness mentioned till in the present day, she didn’t get any official communication from the Ministry concerning the matter.
The case was adjourned to seventh Could 2021 for listening to.