BY MUNTALLA INUSAH | firstname.lastname@example.org
TWO MANAGING Directors and the Project Manager of the KASS + F Development Limited who are in charge of the controversial 15-storey building in the Airport Residential Area have been dragged before the Circuit Court in Accra to face six criminal charges over the construction exercise.
Their charges include conspiracy to carry out an excavation works without lawful permit, building without lawful permit, causing unlawful damage contrary to sections 23 of the criminal and other offences Act 29 of 1960 and section 64(6) of the local government Act, 462 of 1993.
They have also been charged with the offences of excavating without lawful permit, building without lawful permit, and causing of an unlawful damage contrary to sections 64(6) of the Local Government Act, 462 of 1993.
The criminal charge, which is at the instance of the state, was initiated by the Ayawaso Municipal Assembly.
Their plea has not been taken because one of the accused person does not speak English but rather Spanish. The court has, however, instructed the court registrar to make an arrangement for an interpreter to be available. Case adjourned to April 6, 2020.
The brief facts of the case signed by Chief Inspector Simon Appiosornu, the prosecutor in the case, have it that the complainant in this case is the Ayawaso Municipal Assembly represented by Nathan Caesar and Domingo Lekettey, engineers with the Assembly.
The accused persons, KadirYadigar (A1), Ahmed Farouk (A2) both Turkish nationals and Adamu Abdallah Awudu (A3), a Ghanaian.
He said A1 is the Managing Director of KASS + F Development Limited while A2 and A3 are Director and Project Manager respectively.
The facts went on to say that the “Accused persons, through their company, acquired a parcel of land in the Airport Residential Area, near Association International School and adjacent to Sunshine Medical Centre which had an old building on it for the purposes of putting up a 15-storey made up of apartments and shops.
Pursuant to that, accused persons “on 9/11/18, applied for demolition permit to enable them to demolish the old building situated on the land.
On March 11, 2019, the Ayawaso West Municipal Assembly, through the Municipal Coordinating Director, granted the company permit to demolish the old building and hoard (keep) the land.
But after further investigation it was revealed that the accused persons after demolishing the old building and without permit went ahead and excavated the land.
“This excavation caused serious damage to a section of the Senchi Street in front of Sunshine Medical Centre, which measured 4.6 metres wide, 49.4 metres long and valued at GHc3, 601, 030.02.
This damage, the prosecution said, “posed danger and nuisance to other road users who ply the Senchi Street to their respective destinations.
“Investigation also revealed that the accused persons commenced construction of the fifteen (15) storey building without building permit as required which A3 admitted in his charge statement, explaining that they were not aware they needed permit in order to carry out excavation.
After investigations, the accused persons were charged with the various offences and brought before court.