Development Chief for Somey, in the Volta Region, and owner of the
plush Africa Royal Hotel at Nungua, in Accra, who has been accused of
allegedly defiling a minor since she was eight years old.
However, the accused, as at the time of filing this story, had still
not stepped foot on the shores of the country but cooling off in the
Netherlands. According to our sources, the fact that the Criminal
Investigation Department (CID) has not received any order to effect
Paes’ arrest for prosecution is what seems to have stalled the
progress of the case.
Last Thursday, Madam Gertrude G. Aikins, a Consultant to the Attorney
General for the Prosecution Division assured this paper in a telephone
interview that, “When he (Paes) comes into the country he would be
charged and prosecuted. The police have not seen him since the A-G
advised that he should be prosecuted so he can be in the Netherlands
and say whatever he wants but this is where the case will be tried
so let him come here and say those things”.
The former Director of Public Prosecutions at the A-G’s Department
revealed to this paper that sometime last year, the A-G gave a
directive that Arthur Paes should be prosecuted in the alleged
pedophile case, but just when they were about to carry out the
directive a lawyer, one Nana Oppong sent a petition, together with an
alleged self-confessed video tape, which sought to challenge that the
girl who was allegedly defiled was not a minor.
On that basis, Madam Gertrude Aikins said she wrote a letter dated
March 8, 2012, that was addressed to the director of the CID to as a
matter of urgency, investigate the authenticity and source of the
alleged video tape.
She revealed that the State did not go ahead to prosecute Peas because
if the case had gone to Court then, the issue of the video would have
popped up and the State might not have enough grounds to continue
But Inspector Isaac Addai, the crack investigator handling the case
told this paper yesterday in a telephone chat that, “DOVVSU received a
directive to investigate the source of the tape on June 13, 2012,
which we are still doing. I have gone to Nana Oppong and he has agreed
to give his statement.
He also hinted that unless he got a written directive from the A-G’s department to arrest Paes, he could not go ahead to arrest the Dutch
According to the detective, he received a telephone call from the
A-G’s department last Friday, July 6, this year, to arrest Paes
anytime he arrived in the country but cannot carry through with the
order because it was verbal and hence needed documentation to back his
“When the A-G wanted us to prosecute Paes, they sent us a letter,
when they wanted us to investigate the video tape too they sent us a
letter to halt the prosecution until we have finished investigating
the source of the tape so, if we must go ahead with arrest and
prosecution, it must also be documented so that tomorrow nobody would
accuse me that I acted on my own. I am a Police man any time I get an
order to arrest Paes for prosecution why not; I shall carry through
with that order without delay”, said the investigator.
Meanwhile, expectations are high, tempers are flaring, tongues are
wagging, and eyes are watching without blink to see when the A-G’s
department will officially give the official green light for the
alleged Dutch pedophile to be prosecuted.
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