Justice Ebrima Jaiteh of the Banjul High Court on Wednesday sentenced a former government official to death by hanging for his role in the murder in June 1995 of Ousman Koro Ceesay – Finance Minister at the time of his death.
In delivering his verdict, Justice Jaiteh said he cannot disbelieve the evidence presented by the prosecution star witness as it was corroborated by the other witnesses who testified before the court.
Gambia’s former minister of lands was charged with murder of Ousman Koro Ceesay who was minister under Yahya Jammeh in charge of the portfolio of Finance. His murder constitutes one of the darkest sides of the country’s political history.
As the prosecution made efforts in order to secure a conviction, Justice Jaiteh described murder as “one of the abominable crimes of our land,” attracting death sentence.
He then went further to say that the tears of Alhagie Kanyi were not crocodile tears.
“The accused person was a primary participant to the murder of Ousman Koro Ceesay,” he added.
The prosecution paraded a good number of witnesses who testified that the murder was committed in Yankuba Youray’s house in Kerr Serign. A massive cover up ensued, leading to the cleaning of the house, and the disposal of the body.
As the accused person line of defence revolves around his absence at the time of the commission of the murder, Justice Jaiteh made it clear that the alibi would be difficult to be trusted.
He said Yankuba Touray refused to speak to the Police, invoking his immunity, and the cautionary statement made no mention of his whereabouts.
According to Justice , the alibi that he was at State House at the time of the crime was not raised at the early stage so that the Police can investigate.
More importantly, Justice Jaiteh also reminded the court that the accused persons failed to call the two persons that could have ascertain that he was at State House when the former Finance was being murdered…
Yankuba Touray is most likely not going to be executed as President Adama Barrow announced in 2018 a moratorium on the death penalty.
To many observers, there is strong chance that his sentence is going to be commuted into life imprisonment.
Written by Abdoulie John
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