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Court to rule on Lebanese rape suspect bail on Monday

BY MUNTALLA INUSAH muntalla.inusah@dailyheritage.com.gh


THE CRIMINAL Court in Accra presided over by Justice Kofi Dorghu has fixed Monday January 15 to determine a bail application by Lebanese national on remand for rape charges.

Praying the court for bail through his lawyer, Mr Ralph Opoku-Adusei, Rabih Haddad, 39, told the court that he had been frequenting the hospital since his arrest, offering to submit a medical report as a prove of his predicament.

He told the court that, he is suffering from acute heart problem, thus, the need to grant him bail. His lawyer argued further that his client, Haddad, was a family man with no criminal record and that he was willing to hand over his passport.

According to counsel, his client was arrested for assault and the assault case later metamorphosed into rape and that the charge leveled against his client could not be supported.

He said it was only the accused person and the victim who were there when the alleged incident happened so it was the case of one person’s word against the other.

He told the court that the offense alleged against his client was a bailable offense and per article 19 (2) c a person is presumed not guilty until found guilty.

A State Attorney, Boateng Adamu, while opposing the bail application, said the accused was a foreigner and had no fixed abode. He also told the court that because the victim is known to the accused person he may interfere with investigations when granted bail.

Background

The 39-year-old Lebanese national was arrested in December last year for allegedly raping his 19-year-old househelp at his Airport Hills residence.

He was arrested Sunday around 11:45pm by the East Legon District Police Command.

According to reports, the 39-year-old Rabih forcibly had sex with the victim around 5pm on Saturday in the absence of his wife and other occupants of his household after subjecting her to ruthless beatings.

The family of Haddad was thrown out of their rented house at the Airport Residential Area last year. The private property owner ordered the family to vacate the apartment over six-month arrears.

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