Kuwaiti ends evidence in $20,000 fraud case

Raed Adnan Alshammari, who has been allegedly defrauded of $20,000 by Ezekiel Ali, a labourer, has completed his evidence as the first prosecution witness before the Accra Circuit Court yesterday.

He said the accused and two others, now on the run, invited him to Ghana three times, under the pretext of helping him to marry a Ghanaian woman.

Led in evidence by Chief Inspector Martin Adu Acheampong, the complainant told the court presided by Reuben Naa Adjeley, that Ali  invited him to Ghana and later introduced him to the supposed family of Sarah Adonkoh, a lady he encountered on Facebook and agreed to marry her.

Mr. Alshammari, who is an employee of the Ministry of Education, Kuwait, said he was invited to Ghana by his girlfriend, but never met her, stating that Ali and one Ayesha, who visited him at the hotel, claimed they were sent by  Adonkoh, their sister and that she was attending to her sick grandmother in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.

The complainant recounted that during his visit in Ghana, Ali and his accomplices collected $20,000 under the pretext of getting a marriage certificate and purchasing items for the marriage rites.

However, attempts by Ali’s lawyer, Mr. Simon Anniney for another adjournment to enable him to study the docket to cross-examine the witness was unsuccessful as the Judge, Naa Adjeley insisted that either the accused or his lawyer should continue the cross examination.

She reminded the lawyer that the complainant was earlier represented by a counsel, who stopped attending proceedings.

According to her, Alshammari cancelled his flight on three occasions, explaining that on September 5, both the prosecution and the accused agreed to meet on September 11, 12 and 13 for the completion of evidence and cross examination.

Chief Insp Acheampong said the complainant reported the case to the police and the accused was arrested.

By Malik Sullemana

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