3 in court for pirating Akan books

The Ghana Bureau of Languages (GBL) has dragged two persons to a court in Kumasi for pirating three of Akan books titled, ‘Se Ebewie’, ‘Me wobika’ and ‘Afrakoma’.

The two, John Abraham, 36, and Eric Amankwah, all traders, who first appeared in court on Friday, November 30, 2018, pleaded not guilty to the charges of distribution of someone’s work by way of sale without authority contrary to the Section 42 (1) (C) of the Copy Right Act 2006 (Act 600) and Abetment of crime under the Copy Right Act.

They were granted bail of GH¢10,000 with surety each and they are to reappear before the court on December 11, 2018.

Police Inspector Michael Koole, during prosecution told the district court presided over by Mr. Peter Oppong Boahen that, Messers Simon Lawer, the Ashanti Regional Heritage Conservator and Prince Yawson, a board member of the GBL were the complainants.

The court heard that, the bureau received information that some people have pirated Twi books already mentioned, selling them cheaper on the market, and so, Lawer and Yawson decided to go round the country and check from various bookshops.

On November 6, 2018, Lawer went to the Catholic Bookshop at Roman Hill in Kumasi where Amankwah worked and ordered for two of the books each and they were delivered to him which he paid and a receipt was issued to that effect.

After some days, Lawer went back to the bookshop and purchased  20 copies each of the three books and Amankwah issued a receipt.

Lawer and Yawson then reported the case to the police and Amankwah was arrested, and Yawson disclosed that the books were supplied to him by Abraham Enterprise at K.O in Kumasi, which belonged to Abraham.

He led the police to K.O and Abraham was arrested and a search conducted in his (Abraham’s) shop revealed four copies of “Me wobika,” 171 copies of “Afrakoma” and 191 copies of “S3 3b3wie” all faked.

During police investigation, they all admitted to the offence in their caution statements.

Abraham told the police that, a guy called Kobee, supplied him the books but he could not lead the police to arrest him.

After investigations, they were charged with the offence and arraigned for prosecution.



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