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TRRC: Witness Admits Being Dishonest With Testimony

By Bekai Njie

After realising that the witness was not honest with his testimony before the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), Essa Faal, the lead counsel threatened to send Warrant Officer Class 1, Alieu Jeng, to jail if he continues to give false information.

On Thursday at the beginning of his testimony before the TRRC, Jeng was believed to be giving false information before a jail threat was issued by the lead counsel to make him speak the truth as he had initially denied his involvement in the killings of Dawda Nyassi and Deyda Hydara, which he later admitted.

At the beginning, the witness said that he did not fully participate in the killing of Dawda Nyassi, but when Counsel Faal showed him a statement from the police that he signed, indicating that he took part in shooting the victim to death, he eventually admitted his participation.

He further testified and asked for forgiveness from the commissioners as what he had initially said was based on fabrications.

He later admitted his contribution to the killings of Dawda Nyassi and Deyda Hydara.

Jeng is one of the members of the ‘junglers’ who killed for former president, Yahya Jammeh.

Warrant Officer Class 1 Jeng later said he didn’t speak the truth because he had expected that Jungler Malick Jatta would lie before the commission and he would also have a way to blackmail the commissioners on his false testimony.

Counsel Faal warned him several times to speak the truth or he would be jailed, however, he continued his testimony which Counsel Faal described as a lie.

His testimony continues on 19 August to clarify allegations of his involvement in numerous other assassinations.

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