A Police officer on Tuesday mounted the witness box to testify in respect of Deeba Acheampong’s case, a musician currently facing extradition to the United Kingdom over alleged defilement and assault of his two step daughters.
Despite the absence of Deeba’s lawyer, Detective Lance Corporal Ali G. Briamah, the case investigator, told the court that Deeba was arrested at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, Accra during an undercover operation.
According to DLC Briamah, Deeba’s arrest was necessitated based on the arrest warrant issued from a court in Great Britain for the offence of rape of a child under 13 years and assault of a minor occasioned through body harm.
The case investigator told the court that the alleged offences were committed in the UK between 2005 and 2008.
According to the Police Detective during investigations, he received prepositions (sworn affidavit), diplomatic cable documents, from the Ministries Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration and Interior, copies of treaty between Ghana and UK which he tendered in court.
The court presided over by Mr Aboagye Tandoh presented the documents to Deeba to go through them.
When the court asked Deeba to cross examine the case investigator, he said he had no questions.
Mr Bukari Abdulai, a lawyer who prayed the court to hold brief for the substantive lawyer, Mr Augustines Obuor, conducted cross examination on Deeba’s behalf.
The court adjourned the matter to February 19 for continuation of the cross-examination.
Deeba is currently facing five counts of defilement and assault under Ghana’s laws, raping a female under the age of 13 and assaulting a minor under the United Kingdom’s laws.
Although the charges and the facts have been read out to Deeba in court, his plea had been reserved.