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Bawku MP Prays For Time

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Adamu Daramani-SakandeTHE MEMBER of Parliament (MP) for Bawku Central, Adamu Daramani Sakande, who was expected

to open his defence in a trial in which he has been accused of having multiple nationalities yesterday prayed the court to give him one week to do so.

Counsel for the MP, Egbert Faibille told the Fast Track High Court that they needed to get a copy of the record of proceedings, and even though they asked for it earlier, they were given the records yesterday morning.

They therefore asked the court presided over by Justice Charles Quist to be given a week to enable them prepare to open their defence.

The prosecution team, headed by the Acting Director for Public Prosecution (DPP) Gertrude Aikins, did not object to the adjournment.

The trial judge therefore adjourned the case to February 19, 2010.

At the previous hearing the investigator in the trial, DSP Felix Mawusi, admitted that he did not interrogate the MP in the course of his investigations, neither did he did go to Bawku to confirm the claim that he was a native of Bawku before he was arraigned.

He made these admissions when he was under cross-examination by Mr. Faibille Jnr.

The witness, explaining why he did not interrogate the MP, said because an investigator who handled the case earlier had allegedly tried to see the MP to no avail; he did not look further into it.

On why he did not go to Bawku, the investigator said he preferred not to give an answer, refusing to admit that he did not do a thorough job as an investigator.

In addition, he said he could not obtain further information about the MP, apart from the fact that his passport number was that of a British citizen, so he did not know whether or not he had denounced his citizenship.

The investigator, who said he had never seen the passport of the accused person, also disclosed that the complainant, Sumaila Bielbiel, did not tell him he had never seen the actual passport of Hon. Adamu Sakande, who is also an accredited security system specialist.

When asked why he is in court testifying about something he had not seen, Mr. Mawusi said he was acting based on the information he received from the British High Commission that the holder of the passport number he wanted information on was the accused person.

Mr. Faibille asked him whether there was any information on the document from the British Commission which proved that Mr. Sakande is still a British national, to which the witness said there was nothing on the document to confirm that he was not a British citizen, stating that as far as he is concerned the passport is still in use.

Earlier, in his examination in chief led by Rexford Wiredu, a chief state attorney, the witness told the court that he was assigned to cover a case involving the accused person last year in connection with a complaint that he was a British national when he stood for the 2008 general elections in the country.

He said in the course of his investigations he contacted Mr. Bielbiel and the District Elections Officer in Bawku and later wrote to the British High Commission to find out the passport number of the accused person.

According to him, the British High Commission confirmed that the passport number was indeed that of a British citizen and tendered the document in evidence, after which he said he served a criminal summon on the MP.  

Mr. Bielbiel, the complainant on the last hearing date, said he had never seen any of the MP’s passports, instead he saw photocopies of passports in the newspapers, adding that he read the stories about his multiple nationalities from the media.

The principal witness in the case said these when he was under cross-examination by Mr. Faibille. He also said is not an immigration officer so he does not have access to the passports of the accused person.

By Fidelia Achama

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