Accused Cross-Examines Prosecution Witness in Drug Case



Assan Camara, a man who is undergoing trial on allegation of drug possession Wednesday cross-examined Samba Bah, the third prosecution witness in the case and a narcotic officer before Magistrate Leyon at the Brikama Magistrates’ Court.

Camara is accused of being found in possession of a controlled drug in August, 2016 at Busumbala village. The act contravenes Section 35(1) (B) of the 2003 Drug Control Act.

During cross-examination, Camara asked the witness whether he was present at the lab when the alleged drug was being tested but the witness said that is not part of his job, saying he only submitted the samples for testing. “How many months does the drug spend in the lab,” Camara questioned the witness but the prosecutor quickly objected to the question, saying his witness is not a testing officer.

He further asked the witness to tell the court who recorded the results of the testing. The witness said he does not know but he saw the name of one M Kebbeh on the result and has no idea who the person was. “I am putting it to you that you cannot say anything understandable here hence you didn’t test the drug” Camara told the witness.

He then appealed to the court to order for the appearance of M Kebbeh in court. Magistrate Leyon granted his appeal and ordered the prosecution to produce M Kebbeh on the next adjourned date.

The case is now adjourned to 11th January for the continuation of the witness’s cross-examination and the production of M Kebbeh.

by Isatou M Ceesay


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