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Defilement Case Against Rashid Anaata Adjourned to September 6th


The Wa Circuit Court presided over by His Honour Jonathan Avogo, on Tuesday adjourned the alleged defilement case against Rashid Ahmed, A.K.A. Anaata to September 6, 2023. The Prosecution Witness Witness, Detective Corporal Mr Emmanuel Banyesere, concluded his testimony in all four dockets in the trial on Tuesday and the Court established a Prima Facie case in two dockets for the accused person to open his defense on September 6, 2023. Meanwhile, Rashid Ahmed was also expected to open his defense on Friday, September 1, 2023, in one of the four dockets built in the case against him after Mr Banyesere testified in that docket on Friday, August 25, 2023, and the court established a Prima Facie case against him. His Honour Avogo gave the assurance that the Court would continue to be fair and just in the trial of the case and would ensure the right judgment was given. He asked the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) to educate the public on the issue of defilement ahead of the determination of the defilement case against Ahmed Rashid. The Court also asked the media to be circumspect in its reportage on the case and to seek clarification from the court when necessary. Mr Saeed Abdul Shakur, a Principal State Attorney in the Upper West Region who is the lead prosecutor in the case, argued that the three factors needed to be proven in a defilement case had been proved strongly enough for the accused person to defend. He said the ages of the survivors of being below 16 years had been proven by their birth certificates and National Health Insurance cards, the Medical Doctor, in his testimony had also indicated that the survivors were sexually active, and the victims in the case had also identified Rashid Ahmed as the person who defiled them. He further argued that one of the victims clearly described the room of the accused person, the paint color of the room ceiling, the position of the bed, the position of the chairs, and the position of the cylinder which were evidence that the accused person should defend.

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