An Accra District Court has remanded two persons charged with 15 counts of conspiracy to defraud a Real Estate Company with its headquarters in the United Stated of America.
Some of the charges include defrauding by false pretense, conspiracy to have access to a protected computer, conspiracy to unauthorised communication, conspiracy to have an unauthorized interference with electronic record, unauthorised access to a computer programme or electronic records among others.
The accused persons; Maxwell Peter, 25 years and Babatunde Martins, a Nigerian pleaded not guilty to all the charges and were remanded into the custody of the Economic and Organised Crime Office(EOCO) to reappear on December 19, for ruling of a bail application filed by their counsels.
Mr Alidu Mohammed, the counsel for Maxwell prayed the court to grant bail to his client, since he had been granted bail in a similar case in Tamale in the sum of GHC200, 000 but the accused did not get the chance to gain his freedom but was transferred to Accra to face another charge.
“Even though sureties are on standby to back him, the accused was brought to Accra under the cover of darkness to face similar charges,” he added.
He said the prosecution has not demonstrated why Maxwell should be remanded into custody and that he was the bread winner, a family man.
Mr Charles Bentum, the Counsel for Babatunde said the accused person was currently undergoing an activity at the High Court, where he has filed an application challenging his detention from November 30 to date.
He, also, raised the issue that the District court had no jurisdiction to hear the case.
The Prosecution led by a State Attorney objected to the bail applications of the accused, said the charges in the other courts were two different ones and that the court should not be misdirected that the cases were the same.
He said the investigations were confidential and there is a network of individuals mentioned in the case with some in the United States of America being held on other charges, while others were on the run, and so if granted bail they would interfere with investigations.
“We need these accused persons to assist in investigations,” he added.
He told the court intelligence reports indicates that there were still correspondence among those at large and if they were released, it might jeopardise the investigations.
He said the court had jurisdiction to hear the matter at all cost.
“Babatunde and Maxwell does not deserve the court’s blessing of a bail,” he said.