DLEA Officer Cross Examined in “Tortured” man Case


By Kebba Jeffang Lawyer, Modou Drammeh, representing Sheikh Cham, whoSheikh Cham claimed he was ‘tortured’ by the officers of the Drug Law Enforcement Agency (DLEA), has cross examined the first prosecution witness at the proceedings held at the Kanifing Magistrates’ court on Wednesday, 1st July, 2015 before Magistrate Colley.Mr. Kebbeh, who identified his rank identification number as NCA3. The prosecutor admitted that force has been used during the arrest of the accused person but added that it was minimal. He explained that the force used was to put the accused person on hand cuff. He denied that the accused person has been tortured. “Nobody hit him. We used our techniques to arrest him and that is by putting him on hand cuff,” said the officer. “I am putting it to you that the reason you brought this accused person to court is that he published the incident on Foroyaa newspaper,” said the lawyer. The witness disagreed. The narcotic officer alleged that the accused person has lied to them by giving false information about his occupation. When asked by the lawyer whether he has evidence of that allegation in a written form, he responded in the positive. The defence lawyer urged the court to be served with the said document by the prosecution and there was no objection made. “What did he say his occupation was?” asked lawyer. The witness said the accused person told them that his occupation is plumbing, auditing and music technician. At this juncture, the matter was adjourned to Monday, 13th July, 2015 at 2pm for continuation of cross examination of PW1.]]>