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26.07.2004 Crime & Punishment

Sinare granted bail

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....after mix-up at Circuit Court was cleared Accra, July 26, GNA - Alhaji Saeed Sinare, former National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Ayawaso Central, was on Monday granted bail by a Circuit Court after a mix-up that led the Court to remand him into prison custody was cleared.
The Court presided over by Mrs Wilhemina Hammond ordered Sinare back to custody because, she said, she had no legal documents before her indicating that Sinare had been granted 20 million cedis bail by a High Court on July 14.
The Police whisked Sinare away soon after the Court had turned down his request for bail and ordered him back into custody at the Kotobai Police Station.
This infuriated his supporters, who were wearing bands on their wrists and head and they started using abusive language on the Police, Government and the Trial Judge.
Mr Albert Adaare, Counsel for Sinare, quickly rushed to the High Court for a copy of the order admitting Sinare to bail.
When the case was re-called Mr Inusa Fuseini, who held brief for Mr Adaare, who was not in court, told the Court that they had gone for the order from the High Court to be presented before the Circuit Court. When the Circuit Judge asked why he failed to inform the Court of the bail, Mr Fuseini apologised to the Court for their conduct.
The Court, therefore, rescinded its decision of remanding Sinare and asked him to be on the bail granted him by the High Court to reappear on August 3.
Sinare is charged with conspiring with Stanley Nii Armah, an Electoral Officer, to allegedly make 26 illegal entries into the voters' register. They have both pleaded not guilty.
The Court granted Nii Armah 50 million cedis bail to reappear on August 3.
At Monday's sitting, the Circuit Court heard the evidence of Kwame Bediako Asiamah, a Prosecution Witness.
The case for Prosecution is that at about 1700 hours on March 22, Asiamah, a Computer Technician and Zonal Co-ordinator of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) acting upon a tip off, laid ambush at Accra Newtown "5" and "12" registration centres.
The Prosecution alleged that Mr Bediako saw Nii Armah writing names in the Voter's Register.
When Mr Bediako challenged Nii Armah, he mentioned Sinare as the one who instructed him to make fictitious entries.
The Prosecutor said Nii Armah entered 26 names, mainly Muslim sounding names, with fake house numbers in the Register.