Court orders National Security to provide information on accused

An Accra circuit court yesterday ordered the head of national security at the Presidency to provide information on Ismael Ali, an alleged self-styled national security officer, who is charged with fraud.

Mr E. Essandoh, the presiding Judge had earlier on January 16, 2019, given an order at the request of prosecution for the National Security to give information regarding the identification card of the accused.

Ali, 40, is answering questions for allegedly collecting GH¢28,300 from Daniel Abew, a businessman, under the pretext of supplying him a Toyota Corolla and a Sprinter bus.

He pleaded not guilty and had been granted GH¢28,000 bail with three sureties, who should be residents of Accra and gainfully employed.

Counsel for Ali wanted to tender the identification card of his client through Abew at cross-examination, but the prosecutor, Chief Inspector Maxwell Oppong, objected to the tendering of the document, and argued that the authenticity of the document must be ascertained.

The facts according to the prosecution are that Ali paraded as a staff of the Jubilee House in-charge of government confiscated vehicles and said there were two vehicles for auction at the Tema Harbour.

The court heard that accused met Abew in Accra on June 20, 2018, and demanded GH¢28,000 for the two vehicles.

Chief Insp. Oppong said on June 24, accused contacted Abew on phone, and asked him to find money for the vehicles and complainant parted with GH¢28,000,300.

He said Ali promised to deliver the Toyota Corolla and Sprinter bus within a week, but he went into hiding after collecting the money.

Chief Insp. Oppong stated that efforts made to reach accused proved unsuccessful, and on October 28, an informant contacted accused and said he wanted an auctioned car to buy.

Following from the conversation with the informant, accused showed up and he was arrested.

Chief Insp. Oppong told the court that Ali admitted the offence in his caution statement, and said he gave the money to an unknown person at the Accra Shopping Mall as payment for the vehicles, but the person absconded.

The court heard that accused refused to take police to the house of the person whom he allegedly gave the money.

First witness gave evidence and told the court that when he inquired about Ali at the Jubilee House, he was told that accused had not reported at work for some time.

BY MALIK SULLEMANA             

 

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