Christ Embassy case: Application for the reopening of Fantasy Dome dismissed by Court

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    A Circuit Court in Accra has dismissed an application that sought the court’s intervention to order the facility’s management to reopen the Fantasy Dome at the Accra International Conference Centre.

    The facility manager and fourth accused person in the Christ Embassy’s ‘Pneumatica Night’ case, Edmond Dapaah filed the application on July 1, through his lawyers.

    Mr. Dapaah argued in court that the Dome, which was closed in April this year, is a recording studio and a source of livelihood for many thus prayed the court to order its reopening.

    However, the Court presided by Her Honour Ellen Offei Aryeh ruled that the said facility was locked up by the Police service thereby required the presence of the Inspector General of Police in such an application.

    Therefore the application was struck out by the Court.

    The Court furthermore ordered the prosecution in the matter to file their witness statements on or before August 18 and duly serve the accused persons before the next sitting.

    The hearing was therefore adjourned to August 27, 2021, for Case Management Conference.

    Background

    Four persons including Alex Asomani, Wilson Delali Agyemang and Kumi Nutifafa were arrested in connection with the Christ Embassy Pneumatic Night Concert held in May this year which was said to have been in breach of the COVID 19 protocols.

    The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) among many relevant bodies called for arrest and prosecution of the leadership of the church.

    Charges levelled against the accused persons include;

    Conspiracy to commit crime contrary to section 23(1) of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960(Act 29), Section 6 of the imposition of Restrictions Offences Act, 2020(Act 1012)

    Abetment of crime contrary to section 20(1) and regulation 1 of the Criminal offences Act, 1960 and E.I. 135/2021 respectively.

    The accused persons who pleaded not guilty were therefore admitted to their previous bail in the sum of GHC 80, 000 each with two sureties.