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GAMBIA: WITNESS TESTIFIES OUSAINOU BOJANG ACCUSED OF KILLING TOW POLICE OFFICERS, DENIED ALL CHARGES IN HIS SECOND POLICE INTERVIEW

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According to Alieu Cham, a businessman from Sukuta who was appointed as an independent witness by the Police Anti Crime Unit, Ousainou Bojang denied all accusations during his second interaction with the police. This testimony was maintained in court during a case involving the murder of two officers from the Police Intervention Unit (PIU).

Cham stated in court that Ebou Sowe, the police officer who took Ousainou Bojang’s statement on September 15, 2024, approached him five or seven days later. Here is what Cham had to say about what happened: Despite the presenting of multiple papers, Bojang strongly rejected the claims after being taken to the airport’s Anti Crime Unit.
The Anti-Crime Unit was someone else’s request that I visit. We were transported to the police station via van within the airport. After I arrived at the station and went to one of the offices, Sowe (PW1) brought in some papers and Ousainou Bojang was brought in to sit with us. We then asked him if he agreed with the accusations after reading them to him. There were more than three papers, according to Mr. Cham, but on that particular day, he denied all claims.

Regarding the allegations of abuse, Cham stated categorically that he did not witness any such conduct during their encounter.

While Bojang was under Cham’s cross-examination, the reality that they met in the airport police station was proven. While in Salagi, he was hauled to the Anti-Crime Unit after being summoned, though he had never been involved in anything similar before.

To this day, I have no idea who called me. A recent phone conversation raised the question of whether I was the independent witness Alieu Cham. In court, he testified that when he responded affirmatively, the man escorted him to the airport police station.

Mr. Cham insisted he couldn’t remember the precise time of his summons, although it was over the weekend.

“So, are you sometimes called upon to testify as a neutral witness by the police?” Lawyer Lamin J. Darboe questioned defendant Cham.

Witness According to Cham, “No, this is my first to be involved in such a situation.”
According to Cham, who was describing the situation inside the airport police station, he did not know the majority of the officers there save for Sowe. When he spoke with Bojang, he noted that Sowe spoke predominantly Mandinka, which was different from their previous meeting when they spoke both Wolof and Mandinka.

Every single one of them is completely unknown to me, except for Sowe. Due to the nature of the vehicle that collected me, I found myself riding shotgun beside Sowe, the driver, and the passenger in front of me. Sowe and I took our seats in the back. When we entered the room, he told us that two people were watching a football game.

“Did they continue to watch the game the entire time the voluntary statements were being taken?” The witness was interrogated by legal counsel LJ Darboe.

In my opinion, that is correct. Their goal was to achieve that. Because they were chatting and there was a table over there and one on the other side. According to their account, the witness verified that they and the other person were seated at different tables.

“How on earth are two simultaneous events going to fit into that cramped space?” After that, Counsel LJ Darboe questioned the witness again.

We weren’t given a seat at the designated table; in fact, there were other individuals already there. “The three of us sat down after they brought chairs from the table across from us,” according to the witness. Lawyer Lamin J. Darboe questioned the rapper’s word choice during the hearings. Cham claims that throughout their meeting, Sowe exclusively spoke Mandinka, despite his admission that they had spoken both languages before.
I didn’t pay attention to Sowe speaking any language other than Mandinka that day since I was too occupied with work. Sometimes they use Wolof as well, but on that specific day, it was just Mandinka,” he explained.
Sowe and Ousainoh Bojang allegedly spoke Mandinka and Wolof on September 15, 2023.

I thought you mentioned that Mr. Sowe’s language skills were limited to Wolof and Mandinka. So what? The witness was interrogated by legal counsel LJ Darboe.

“That may be correct, but I must admit that I wasn’t particularly engaged with that,” the witness said appropriately.

Your statement to the court on that specific day revealed that Mr. Sowe was utilising Wolof and Mandinka in his speeches. Legal counsel LJ Darboe asked the witness to restate their previous statements.
They were having simultaneous conversations in Wolof and Mandinka on that first day. The witness testified that on the second day, they did not utter a word other than Mandinka.

Although he is still under cross-examination, the witness told the court that he couldn’t recall ever overhearing Mr. Sowe speak English to Ousainou Bojang.

Please notify the court of the manner in which Mr. Sowe apprised the first accused of our intention to gather these cautionary remarks. What was his Wolof speech? The witness was interrogated by legal counsel LJ Darboe.

Wolof is a language I can understand when spoken, but I struggle when trying to use it for my own speech. The witness testified that she overheard him conversing with Ousainou Bojang in Wolof, but she couldn’t reproduce his speech.

To the question of whether or not he told Mr. Sowe that Wolof was not his native language, the witness responded affirmatively.

“So, despite your earlier statement that you are unable to speak Wolof, Mr. Sowe insists on continuing to converse with Ousainou Bojang in that language?” The witness was interrogated by legal counsel LJ Darboe.

A witness who spoke Mandinka testified that the interrogator had read the remarks out loud to her.

“Mr. Cham, I need you to know that you were never present as an impartial witness when the statements of the first accused individual were taken at the Anti Crime Unit premises,” LJ Darboe, the attorney, stated to the witness.

According to the witness’s testimony, “I was there, and I am under oath.” He is a young man.
You were present at the airport, but your presence at Anti Crime was never recorded, Counsel LJ Darboe informed the witness.

On Friday, I had no business being a witness. I don’t know if he is her boyfriend or not, but after a white woman bought a car from me, she asked me to go see Anti Crime. The juvenile was the subject of an arrest warrant. Anti Crime was my destination after I hopped in my car. A white woman came running over to answer the door as I rang it, directing me to use the rear entry. After going through the back gate, I went on to stand under a mango tree. I was hoping to see the white lady, but she never showed up.

I had never met Sowe and had no clue who he was until someone came up to me when I was standing. After he told me they had a case, they requested me to be a witness. Because I had no idea what I was doing, I had to seek him for help. That following day, I told him, we had our Nawettan game, and I was on a mission. I was escorted to Ousainou Bojang within the first five minutes of my arrival at the facility. Since I will be unavailable today, I respectfully rejected. Remembering the deaths of the police officers was triggered by seeing Ousainou’s face. As soon as I saw his face, the pictures I had seen online came flooding back to me. The witness stated, “I was in a hurry and I told Sowe that I am not here for this because I was not comfortable,” during their court testimony.

Saying you’re familiar with Sowe is a bold statement. You lived in the same part of Sukuta before moving to Salagi, and Counsel LJ Darboe told the witness that.

But the witness insisted he was completely unfamiliar with Mr. Sowe and had never met him.

Never previously had I laid eyes on Sowe; that was our initial meeting. Submitting my words to the sacred Quran, I affirm that they are true. His youth was highlighted by the witness.
The witness stated that their engagement started between eleven and twelve in the afternoon.

They usually remained till Jummah prayer, but he claims that they skipped it that day.

Did Mr. Sowe give you permission to make or receive calls throughout the engagement? A member of Judge Darboe’s legal staff asked.

Actually, I did receive calls; one was from my campers, so I sent them running to the pitch to meet me. “It was three times,” the witness assured the court.

Legal counsel LJ Darboe accused the witness of making twenty or more calls while Mr. Sowe was ostensibly collecting Ousainou’s warning words.

I guarantee you that there are more than three calls, but I can’t put a number on it. The witness stated that one of his duties as a coach is to make decisions and communicate with his players.

“I am presenting the evidence to you that, as per the police diary, the initial defendant was present with the panel from 10:55 in the morning until he was returned to his cell at 15:58 in the afternoon,” the witness was told by counsel LJ Darboe.

“That is something I have absolutely no knowledge of,” the witness stated.

Your presence at the Anti-Crime event on that day is something I dare you to acknowledge. As an independent witness, you were required to give truthful testimony, but you did not, according to Counsel LJ Darboe.

“I solemnly swear to the holy Quran that all I said is truthful. As a young man, the witness vowed not to lie while testifying.

Thus, the matter was continued until February 26, 2024, for the cross-examination to take place.

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