Crime & Punishment of Saturday, 8 March 2014


Court grants retired army officer bail

An Accra Circuit Court yesterday granted bail in the sum of GH¢200,000 with two sureties each to a retired officer of the Ghana Armed Forces, Major Daniel Kwame Bessah (retd), and his two other accomplices who allegedly connived and presented a fake divorce certificate to the wife of the retired officer.

The case was also adjourned to April 11, 2014 for hearing to commence.

Major Bessah is alleged to have connived with Akwasi Asare Jnr, a clerk of the Judicial Service, and Charlotte Ofori, a typist at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), to forge the said divorce certificate.

He has pleaded not guilty to two counts of possessing forged judicial/official document, contrary to Section 166 of Act 29/60, and altering a forged document, contrary to Section 169 of Act 29/60.

Mr Asare has been charged with one count of forgery of judicial document, while Ms Ofori is facing one count of abetment of crime. They have both pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The retired army officer and the other accused persons first appeared before the court presided over by Ms Audrey Korcuvi-Tay on March 3, 2014, and were remanded.