Folks, the latest update on the case by the State (in Accra) against famed Ghanian media personality KKD is that the case is proceeding to trial. This to me is remarkable. In many African countries, when a victim is raped, there is so much pressure for the victim to retract her statement(s) given to law enforcement, if she has the courage to even make such a statement. Also, once the victim does the retraction, and the family “settles” the victim and her family, law enforcement (the police and the legal justice system at large) cease further investigation or prosecution.
Apparently Ghana “don’t play that.” Ghana is not down with such modus operandus. Despite the victim retracting her statements and asking the prosecuting agency not to prosecute, the case is proceeding to trial.
In my view, for Ghana’s criminal justice system at large, this is good. However, if the alleged criminal defendant is truly innocent, then of course it becomes a tragedy if such a person is convicted. This case is particularly interesting because usually status and money goes a very long way in African societies in sweeping crimes or alleged crimes under the rug. Again, clearly a departure from the norm.
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“State prosecutors in the ongoing rape case involving ace broadcaster Kwesi Kyei Darkwa known in showbiz as KKD, have requested for more time to constitute a seven member jury to hear the case.
Following the request, an Accra Fast Track High Court has adjourned the case to the 22nd of April to commence a full trial.
KKD is being prosecuted for allegedly raping a 19 year old girl in a hotel bathroom in December 2014.
Although the victim in question, Ewuraffe Orleans Thompson has written to the Attorney General and the Ghana Police Service calling for a discontinuation of the trial, state prosecutors have indicated their willingness to fully prosecute the case.
There have been several adjournments and the accused, KKD has had to be hospitalized during the trial due to ill health…” ~SpyGhana has the full story.