Court Adjourns Case Of Yemenis With Fake Documents

An Accra Circuit Court had to adjourn a case involving the four Yemenis allegedly entering the country with fake French passports and visas, thereby concealing their real identi-ties, when the investigator fell sick in court. The four suspects are Esmail Yahya Zey Ad, also known as (Evra Allerson), Gaafar Eissa Yahya Amer (Ciro Carlos), Waleed Ahmed Yahya (Debuchya Allard), all students, and Eissa Yahya Airier, a businessman.

All the suspects reportedly con-cealed their Yemeni identities and feigned French nationalities in an attempt to evade security personnel at the Kotoka International Airport, Accra.  The investigator from the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI), who was to give his evidence, suddenly could not stand, told the court that he was feeling dizzy, and called for help to be whisked out of court.

He could not walk out of courtroom, so the prosecutors and other court officials had to assist him. In an interview with the paper, Barrister Dominic Owusu–Sekyere, Counsel for the accused persons, said the “defense are trying to see whether we will change their plea because they have been in possession of false documents, and false documents is not such a serious case as to let them be in custody for almost three months.”

According to Barrister Owusu Sekyere, the Yemenis are pleading to go back to their country, because, while in Ghana, their security is not assured. He explained that what the prosecution is alleging was just an ordinary matter, and that forgery of documents is not a big offence. “We were found to be in possession of fake French passports; the first three accused persons and I believe if we change our plea, we will be at the mercy of the court…

“The court probably would deal with them and have them deported… That is what they have been praying for.” With regards to whether they were found guilty, he said they initially pleaded not guilty to the charge of forgery, saying that the fourth accused person came in without an entry visa.

“The case is against him, and is not all that strong; we could easily have allowed him to go back to his country by making a submission of no case, but in view of what happened to the investigator today, there was nothing we could do. We hope that on the 29th February, 2016, even if the BNI investigator does not turn up, we will still make certain submissions,” he noted.

By Ethel Mensah


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