VEJEKSET KESKINEN, the Finnish businessman and friend of Hamamat Montia, winner of the 2006 Miss Malaika beauty pageant who has been accused of stealing, yesterday admitted that he was attracted to the lady and read e-mail messages in which he called her ‘my love.’
Keskinen has accused Miss Malaika of stealing his Toyota Highlander valued at $35,000.
The witness, who spoke English sparingly, told the court presided over by Mrs. Abena Oppong Adjin-Doku that there was no sexual relationship between them and on Wednesday testified that she was not his lover.
The witness made these revelations during cross-examination by Addo Atuah, counsel for Hamamat.
Counsel maintained that, ‘Just because there was no sexual relationship between the two of you did not mean she was not your lover.’
The Finnish rebutted a claim that he wanted to embarrass the accused person for breaking up with him.
Counsel for Hamamat produced the witness’ e-mails he sent to her in which he (Keskinen) said ‘My love I miss you so much’ among others which made the businessman to explain that he was indeed attracted to her and liked her a lot but they never had sex.
He was also shown copies of interviews granted to the media in Finland by the witness where he said Ms Montia was his girlfriend, but he explained that he meant they were friends.
When counsel suggested to the complainant that Hamamat deserted
him because he sometimes got drunk and hit Hamamat, he replied that although sometimes he drank, he would never hit a woman.
The Finnish also denied buying the vehicle to placate the lady because she was angry with him.
He said, ‘I have never bought a vehicle for any woman and I bought it because I wanted it for my personal use whenever I am in Ghana.’ She posited that the day the vehicle was brought to him he was drunk and so made the accused person test-drive it.
The case has been adjourned to May 21, 2014.
Led in evidence by ASP Kofi Abadamloora, the complainant said that he was introduced to Hamamat by a friend called Carl, a Finnish, as a professional model in 2010 and they subsequently became friends.
The complainant also said as a friend he discussed his business plans with the accused and said she used to accompany him wherever he went anytime he was in Ghana.
Keskinen, the CEO of Veljekset Keskinen Oy in Finland stated that he once invited the accused person to act as a judge in a proposed beauty pageant for African ladies in Finland, but the pageant eventually did not take place.
According to the Finnish businessman, after he had discussed with Ms Montia that he wanted to buy a vehicle for use any time he was in Ghana on business trip, she introduced him to De-Gjando Company Limited, where he bought the Toyota Highlander.
He said after making full payment, he left the vehicle in the care of the company together with his particulars and passport pictures for the vehicle to be registered in his name. Keskinen underscored that Hamamat,
without his knowledge, went to the company and requested for the vehicle which she was given and had since refused to return it to him.
BY Fidelia Achama
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