Michael Samukai, the son of Defense Minister Brownie Samukai, who is being tried for allegedly shooting Zardee Andrews in the back of his neck, told Criminal Court ‘A’ yesterday that the gun used during the incident was issued to him by the National Security Agency (NSA).
The agency is expected to appear before the court on Thursday, March 2.
Defendant Samukai, who is on the witness stand, was said to have shot Andrews on September 13, 2016, during a fist fight about the victim’s extra marital relations with his wife. The incident occurred at the Tropicana Beach on the Robertfiled Highway.
Although, defendant Samukai testified that it was the NSA that issued him the gun, police investigation established that he acquired the weapon illegally. He, however, said the permit for the weapon is still in the possession of the NSA.
Samukai claimed that he is an employee of the NSA with a rank of deputy chief of security assigned at the National Port Authority (NPA). Despite the shooting incident, he still maintains his post.
His explanation came immediately after the prosecution asked him to produce every legitimate document in his possession that authorizes him to carry the arm.
It was due to that information that his lawyer asked the court for the agency to appear before it and to prove whether or not the defendant’s was authorized by the NSA to carry a firearm.
Further to his testimony, defendant Samukai alleged that he was issued the gun, after he had complained to his bosses that he had been attacked on many occasions, by unidentified persons while performing his duty at the port.
“After I was physically attacked on many occasions as deputy chief of security at the port, it was when I thought that I needed protection and it was how the NSA gave me the weapon for protection,” the defendant alleged.
He added that the NSA did not give him the permit for the weapon.
Explaining about the shooting incident, Samukai denied any knowledge as to who actually carried out the act.
“The gun was in my jacket and while we were fighting, he spotted it and we together took it out of my clothes (jacket) and it went off, so, I do not know how he was shot,” Samukai alleged.
He claimed that after the incident he immediately reported the weapon to the headquarters of the LNP, where the Police Inspector General, Gregory Coleman, advised him to leave it there “because nothing was going to happen to me.”
He is charged with multiple crimes, including aggravated assault, criminal attempt to commit murder and illegal possession of firearm.