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Coup Trial: Witness is not our former student -Bechem School tells court

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The Bechem Business College (BEBUSCO) has denied ever admitting or awarding a diploma to the prosecution star witness, Staff Sergeant Awarf Sule, in the ongoing treason trial of 10 accused persons.
According to the letter, which was read by the witness at the Financial Division of the Accra High Court yesterday, Staff Sergeant Kwadwo Awarf was not a former student of the College, and there was no information leading to the Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery, which he claimed to have received from the school.
The letter indicated that the certificate that the witness was holding was not authentic, since the College does not award a certificate in Carpentry and Joinery to students.
The letter from BEDUSCO was necessitated by the witness claiming that he attended the college, and was awarded a 2nd Class Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery.
Staff Sergeant Awarf read the letter during cross-examination by the Sixth Accused (A6), Warrant Officer II Esther Saan’s defence counsel, Lamtiig Apanga.
Q. Besides picture… there was another Konkomba man in the Barrack known as WO Danjiman?
A. I don’t know.
Q. This WO also has a son who also known as Danjiman, he lives in the Teshie Barracks with you?
A. I don’t know him.
Q. This Danjiman family has close association with you, and you referred to them as you family?
A. That is not true. I don’t know them.
Q. It was this family that sometime in 2010 that A3 lived with when…?
A. My lord, I don’t know.
Q. When A3 lost the contact with this Danjuman family after they have moved out from the barracks, it was you, Sule, who gave Wo Danjuman and directed A3 to where they live at Abrekuma.
A. That is not true.
Q. Are you saying you don’t know any WO Danjiman?
A. Yes.
Q. Kindly play to us the video PICT000… You heard the conversation that you just watched?
A. Yes.
Q. In that conversation, A3 informed you that it was WO Danjiman who was on the line?
A. Yes, it is. My lord about this conversation… the time we passed and came to the Training school, I heard that there was a Konkomba man at 48 Engineering, but unfortunately, he went on pension that same year. I know he has a son also called Danjiman, but he was dismissed when he was a Sergeant. During the meeting of the coup plot, A3 told me of Danjiman, that he has travelled to the North and he will send him to Accra to join the coup…
Q. What you have just told the court is not supported by any of the audio and video clips before this court in respect of what you claimed that A3 brought Danjiman to Accra to join the coup plot?
A. That is not true. What I told the court about A3 is true.
Q. In which of the audio and videos can this be found?
A. It is not in any of the videos, but he called to inform me personally.
Q. You have been heard in the video clip PICT0005 telling Danjiman that you will call him later?
A. That is not true, it was A3 who received the call and said Sule is here and I don’t want his call to distract the meeting so I said I will call him later.
Q. You exact words were, ‘I will call him later?’
A. That is not true. I don’t have Danjiman’s phone number.
Q. Now Sule, it is expected that when you attend the coup plotters’ meetings, you will exchange greeting and pleasantries, is that not so?
A. Yes.
Q. When the meeting ends you will say goodbye to each other?
A. Yes.
Q. Please, play us the video dated July 8, 2018. Is it the recording of the entire meeting for the day?
A. No, there is an audio attached to the video.
Q. Did you record a video clip of the entire meeting?
A. Yes, I recorded.
Q. The video known as the initial meeting. The beginning of this video doesn’t reflect the beginning of the meeting?
A. Yes my lord, I said the audios start from the beginning of the meeting, while the video plays from the middle.
Q. Sule, the end of this video does not reflect the end of what transpired at the end of the meeting that?
A. That is not true.
Q. Sule, I’m putting it to you that you have manipulated the entire evidence you have brought before this court, particularly the video labelled initial video?
A. That is not true.
Q. Sule, is it your case that the coup plotters were planning to overthrow the Nana Akufo-Addo government?
A. Yes.
Q. Is it the administration that came to power in 2017?
A. Yes.
Q. Sule, I’m putting it to that all the evidence were taken when Nana Akufo-Addo was not president of Ghana?
A. That is not true, the plan was to overthrow Nana Akufo-Addo’s government in 2019.
Q. Now Sule, I’m putting it you that this video was recorded on the 20/05/2013?
A. That is not true.
Q. The day of modification of this file is 20th May 2013?
A. That is not true.
Q. Sule Awarf, what is the date of modification of the file?
A. 20th May 2013.
Q. PICT0004, right click on it. Kindly tell the court the day the file was modified?
A. Monday, May 20, 2013.
Q. What is the date of PICT005?
A. Monday, May 20, 2013.
Q. I’m putting it to you that it is not possible to record videos and audios some times in 2018 and have the date modified as shown in the records before this court?
A. That is not true. In 2013 it was former President Mahama who was in power, and the idea of the coup plotters was against President Akufo-Addo, and it was from 2018 upwards.
Q. What is the name of your father? Is he called Inusah Napor?
A. Yes.
Q. You wrote your BECE in the name of Inusa Nakpor?
A. That is not true.
Q. You wrote your BECE at Methodist Junior High School?
A. That is not true.
Q. Your index number is 383424?
A. I’m not aware.
Q. Your date of birth as Inusa Napor is 1980?
A. That is not true.
Q. It is because you performed was so badly at the BECE that was why you dishonestly used Kwadow Awarf who attended Bechem Presby’s results.
A. That is not true.
Q. You told this court that you attend Bechem Technical and Vocational Institute?
A. That is not true. It is BEDUSCO.
Q. What is BEDUSCO?
A. It is Bechem Business College.
Q. Are you saying that you pursued your carpentry and joinery training at this institute?
A. Yes.
Q. You mean you undertook a carpentry course at a business institute?
A. It is a practical course.
Q. What document do you have in your hand?
A. Bechem Business College.
Q. Is that the school you attended?
A. Yes.
Q. My lord, with the permission of the court, I will like to tender this document.
Prosecution: No objection.
Court: Document goes in as exhibit 1 for A6.
Q. Mr Sule Awarf, will you kindly read exhibit 1 for A6 to the hearing of the court.
A. Based on the official search on one Kwadwo Awarf, who claimed to be an old student of Bechem Techniclal School, there is no information on the student leading to the diploma in carpentry and joinery.
Q. …the certificate that he is holding is not authentic…
The court was presided over by three justices – Afia Serwaa Asare-Botwe, Hafsata Amaliba, and Stephen Oppong.
Dr Mac Palm, Ezor, Bright Debrah, Johannes Zikpi, Colonel Samuel Kojo Gameli, WO2 Esther, Corporal Abubakar, Lance Corporal Ali Solomon, Sylvester Akanpewe and Assistant Commissioner of Police Benjamin Korsi Agordzo are standing trial over treason charges.

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