Granting bail to the South African Security Trainers won’t hinder investigations”- Judge...

Granting bail to the South African Security Trainers won’t hinder investigations”- Judge tells State

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An Accra Circuit Court Judge has asserted that admitting bail to the three Retired South Africa Police Officers, who are facing criminal charges wouldn’t hinder the Prosecution from further investigations into the case.

The presiding judge, Her Honour, Patricia Quansah said this when the State brought the Accused persons before court.

The Accused persons are Ahmed Shaik Hazis, a security advisor, Mlungiseleli Jokani, a consultant, and Denver Naidu, a security trainer.

They were charged with five counts of conspiracy to commit crime, unlawful training and making false declarations, respectively but they denied the charges leveled against them by Prosecution.

Lead Counsel for the Accused persons, Ellis Owusu Fordjour contended that the facts of the case did not support the charges preferred against the Accused persons, describing Prosecution’s Charge Sheet as ‘casual facts’. The Lawyer prayed the court to grant bail to his clients, stating that the alleged offences committed by the Accused persons were bailable (misdemeanours).

He further stated that his clients have credible sureties in Ghana and would ensure that they would not interfere with Police investigations but in a quick rebuttal, Head of Legal and Prosecutions at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, Superintendent Francis Baah submitted that the Accused persons did not have a fixed place of abode in Ghana and besides investigation of the case was on-going, hence pleaded with the court to remand the Accused persons into lawful custody.

Ruling on the bail application made by Counsel for the Accused persons and Prosecution’s submissions, the Presiding Judge admitted bail in the sum of GH 20,000 cedis each and with one surety each to the Accused persons.

The three South African Nationals (Accused persons) will reappear before court on Tuesday, the 12th of April, 2016.

Background to the Case

Presenting the facts of the case, the Prosecutor, DSP Annor informed the court that the Accused persons are Retired South African Police Officers, stating that between January and March, 2016, the Accused persons applied for Visas at the Ghana High Commission in South Africa on the pretence of undertaking business in Ghana. He added that based on the information given to the High Commissioner, the Accused persons were granted Visas.

The Prosecutor also said that the Accused persons arrived in Ghana in March, 2016, adding that few days ago, information reached the Security Agencies that some people were training five people in military tactics at Agona Duakwa in the Central Region. The Police Officer enunciated that the Accused persons were arrested and during investigation, they stated that they were brought into the country from South Africa by one Captain Edmund Kojo Koda (Rtd.) and Captain Kwesi Acquah (Rtd.) to train New Patriotic Party (NPP) Security Personnel towards the 2016 general elections in Ghana.

DSP Annor concluded that further investigations at the Ghana Immigration Service revealed that the Accused persons filled disembarkation forms indicating that they were in Ghana to do business, adding that investigation of the case was still going on.