….As gang allegedly abducts Investor-(PART 2)
Two ‘expats’ arrested in Accra
Story: Mohammed Abu, Accra.
For those who said our story of 18th May,2018 on the alledged kidnapping of a Russian investor with substantial investments in various sectors of the Ghanaian economy was a make-belief,they should be revising their notes by now as the events unfold.
Two Russian nationals, Musa Masaev and Rezhahan Sultanov have since been arrested, made their first appearance in court early this month and are due to reappear in court tomorrow ,29th August in relation to the kidnapping of fellow Russian national, Mr. Ramazan Kafarov and his brother, Arsan Kafarov, reported the Ghana News Agency (GNA).
In court the two suspects who were charged with conspiracy to commit crime and kidnapping, denied any wrongdoing, the report said.
The court, presided over by Abena Oppong Adjin-Doku, the report said, admitted them to bail in the sum of GH¢500,000 with four sureties, each one to be justified. The court further ordered them to deposit their passports with the court’s registry.
Ralph Poku Edusei, who the report said, represented the accused persons, prayed the court to admit them to bail since the facts do not support the charges, adding that the story was inconsistent.
According to Mr. Edusei, the case was bailable and the accused have people of substance who would stand as sureties for them.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mawunyo Nanegbe was opposed to bail, saying the accused would interfere with police investigations.
According to DSP Nanegbe, the accused kidnapped the two with the help of some Russian nationals who are currently at large.
Stating the facts of the case,the prosecution stated that the accused allegedly kidnapped the two victims at East Legon on August 8, last year and kept them until April 2018.
Prosecution said the accused and their accomplices kept the victims at different locations, subjected them to severe beatings which resulted in injuries.
The accused and their accomplices, it said, however, demanded $18 million to release the victims.
On October 31, last year while the victims were in the custody of the alleged kidnappers, Ramazan, one of the victims, was compelled to execute a Power of Attorney to one Adam Edelberg to dispose of all his property comprising his business, six luxurious vehicles and a jewelry shop.
On April 20, this year the two victims managed to escape and sought refuge at the Russian Embassy. They later lodged complaint with the Police.
On July 17, this year, the police, through intelligence, lured the accused persons and arrested them, the Prosecution added.
In an interview with the ADM in Accra, Mr.Ramazan Kafarov recounted the Power of Attorney he was compelled to sign against his will.
This is what made Masav and Sultanov Mr.Ramazan narrated, to forcibly take possession and started selling various properties including imported Pakistani basmati imported rice of Kafaroff Agro Ltd and made-in-Ghana jewelry products of Kafaroff O&R Jewelry while he was being held in illegal custody under the most humane conditions .
The two companies the wares of which they illegally sold out to people, he said, has his brother and wife as majority shareholders.
Mr.Ramazan cautioned that anyone who bought or intends buying any corporate or personal property of his, would be doing so at their own risk.
“We are not in a state of anarchy. Ghana is a country with enviable democratic credentials in which the rule of law is upheld .Those who think they can hide in Ghana to commit crimes against innocent people and get away with it,are mistaken| ,he intimated .
Mr.Ramazan is happy that the law is taking its course and commended the Ghana police in their resolve to make sure the afflicted get justice through the courts.
Information privy to ADM, from local police sources is that, Musaev and Sultanov during their arrest were found to possess offensive weapons illegally in a car which also lacked the requisite legal documents .They were also said to have been found wanting in terms of the required legal residence documents expected of expats in Ghana.
It would be recalled that, following the sudden disappearance of Ramazan Kafarov on August 8, 2017, from public life there were wild rumours circulating in some quarters that, he was a wanted fugitive whom the Russian Interpol had come to arrest and taken back to home.
After the escapade of the duo and their grant of protective custody by the Russian High Commission, and official launch of complaint to the Ghana police, ADM managed to get an exclusive interview with Mr. Ramazan and first carried the story in May.
This shattered the fraudulent misinformation and disinformation used to throw dust into the eyes of the good people of Ghana.