State prosecutors in the case involving the four Yemenis standing trial for possessing fake passports in Ghana were unable to present a witness yesterday.
According to ASP Stephen Adjei, the investigator who was due to testify in the trial had been taken ill and rushed to the hospital few minutes into the case.
The trial judge Aboagye Tandoh had no option than to adjourn hearing until Feb. 25, 2016.
They are Esmail Yahya Zeyad aka Evra Allerson; Gaafar Eissa Yahya Amer aka Ciro Carlos; Waleed Ahmed Yahya aka Debuchya Allard; all students and Eissa Yahya Amer businessman.
The case investigator was the second prosecution witness after Detective Superintendent Mohammed Abdul Manan, an officer of the Fraud Unit of the Ghana Immigration Service at the Kotoka International Airport had testified.
He has been telling the court how the four Yemenis arrived in Ghana with 3 forged French passports and one other Yemeni passport.
D/Supt. Manan among other things stated the forged passports were blank and glaring so much that one did not require the use of a machine to detect it.
The immigration officer said the accused persons who had French passports also had Yemeni passports adding that when they were questioned about the visas they used to board the flights, the accused persons could not answer.
He said investigations revealed that the accused persons had Malaysia departure stamps in their passports.
According to the prosecution the four on November 24, 2015 forged official document being the Republic of France Passport Number 04417928.
They are facing an additional charge of possessing fake Emergency Entry Visa.
The accused persons were arrested by the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra last year with different names in their French passports on board Ethiopian Airline Flight ET 920.
A further search on them revealed that all the accused persons had Yemeni passports. When the French passports with different names were examined they were found to be fake.
The accused persons have variously denied the offence.
By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson