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13.02.2006 General News

I got copy of affidavit from Alexandria - Archer

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Accra, Feb 13, GNA - Mr Raymond Archer, Editor-in-Chief of "The Enquirer" newspaper, on Monday told the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) that he had a copy of an affidavit sworn to by Dr Richard Anane and Alexandria Anane from Alexandria.

Mr Archer made this revelation when the document was showed to him and tendered in evidence through him during cross-examination by Counsel for Dr Anane, at CHRAJ's public hearing into certain allegations against the Road Transport Minister.

Dr Anane is before the Commission's Investigation Panel on three main allegations against him bordering on corruption; abuse of office and conflict of interest.

He is being defended by a team of lawyers led by Mr Jacob Acquah-Sampson, while the Commission has Dr Ebow Bondzie-Simpson as its Counsel.

Answering questions under further cross-examination on the affidavit, Mr Archer, who is before the Commission as its first witness, told the Panel that he had the document dated May 8, 2002, around 2005. Mr Archer revealed that according to Alexandria, she and Dr Anane swore to the affidavit because the Lady did not want her son with Dr Anane to become a bastard.

He disagreed with a suggestion by Counsel that in the light of the content of the affidavit, it would be wrong for anybody to suggest that Alexandria was the wife of Dr Anane.

Asked whether in his publications, he had ever referred to Alexandria O'Brien as the wife of Dr Anane, witness replied in the negative.

Asked what his reaction would have been if it turned out that witness had referred to Alexandria in his publications as Dr Anane's wife, Mr Archer's response was that the relationship was that he had a child with her, adding that the woman had agreed that she would bear Dr Anane's name.

Asked how he got to know Nicholas Anane, Mr Archer told the Panel that Alexandria introduced the son to him when he was in Washington.

Asked to narrate a little about his relationship with Alexandria, Mr Archer told the Panel that to the best of his knowledge, the woman had two children, and that apart from Nicholas, there was a daughter called Virginia O'Brien.

Mr Archer said he first met the Lady in Accra and then in Washington in the United States.

He told the Commission that before Alexandria worked with the World Health Monitor Programme (WHMP), she was an employee of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Asked whether Alexandria paid for his trip to the United States, Mr Archer said it was sponsored by the United States Department.

Witness told the Commission that the WHMP collapsed because the sexual relationship between Dr Anane and Alexandria infuriated the other directors of the company and they withdrew their shareholdings.

Answering questions on a petition he submitted to Parliament on Dr Anane, Mr Archer told the Panel that he solicited for funds from friends for Alexandria, adding that he remembered a total of 1,000 dollars was remitted to her.

He disagreed with a suggestion by Counsel that he Mr Archer actually gave monies to Alexandria and not friends as he had made the Panel to believe.

Asked what he meant when in one of his publications he wrote as his headline: "Anane's Nine Billion Cedis Cover", Mr Archer said it was the Insurance Policy the Minister undertook for Alexandria and Nicholas Anane.

Asked whether he took the trouble to find out whether the policy was undertaken, Witness response was that to the best of his knowledge, it was halted.

Witness told the panel that looking at Dr Anane's monthly salary of three million cedis, it beat his understanding and imagination how he was going to fund the Insurance Policy.

Proceeding was adjourned to Wednesday, February 15 for witness to continue with his evidence under cross-examination.