German widow case: Court expected to give judgement today

The Accra Circuit Court “Nine” is expected to give judgement today on the case in which Ms. Wiesent Waltraud, a German widow, was allegedly defrauded of 248,991,57 Euros by two Nigerians in a gold scam.

Mark Latif Adijum Ajisafe and Benjamin Taofeek Oluwashola, accused, who were arrested in July, 2013, denied charges of conspiracy to commit crime and defrauding by false pretences.

The court, presided by Afi Agbenu Kudamor adjourned two scheduled judgement dates- March 29 and April 11 without assigning any reason.

The Ghanaian Times gathered at the last adjournment that the judge was indisposed.

Ajisafe, the first accused, who encountered Ms. Wiesent, a technical engineer, on Facebook, paraded as Chris Walters of Nottingham of United Kingdom (UK) who does his business in Ghana.

The accused asked the complainant to send money into different accounts at Ecobank and Guaranty Trust Bank, and she obliged.

On February 12, 2018, the result of a test conducted on some documents was tendered in evidence.

The accused, at whose instance the examination on the documents, bank-to-bank transfer papers and wedding invitation card was conducted, had accused the complainant of allegedly authoring the documents.

In 2015, Ms. Wiesent told the court that the accused used markadjei@yahoo.com  to send her mails, claims the accused denied.

The court heard that the name Mark Adjei matches with the name on the wedding invitation card, which was given to the complainant by the accused.

The facts according to the prosecution are that, Ajisafe allegedly lied to Ms. Wiesent that he is a British who does his business in Ghana.

Prosecuting, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Augustine Yirenkyi said Ajisafe and his accomplice told the complainant that they have won a contract with the government of Ghana worth 2.5 million dollars, to supply auto parts to some selected regions, and needed money to execute the contract.

He said Ms. Wiesent reported the case to the police when she realised that she had been  defrauded, and the two were arrested at Safcal Lodge, Accra, where they had gone to visit the complainant.

By Malik Sullemana

 

 

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