Koforidua, April 30, GNA - A Koforidua High Court, presided over by Justice Henry A. Kwofie, on Monday resumed sitting on the case between the Republic versus Nana Anku Dododja Didieye III, an Odikro of Abomasarefo in the Eastern Region.
He has been charged for allegedly forging a ścolonialÖ document.
Alhaji Bukari Yakubu, a Documents Examiner at the Police Laboratory Investigation Unit, was brought in by Mr Fredrick Nawurah and Nana Gyankoma Sekyi, State Prosecutors, as a second witness to testify about the authenticity of the said ścolonialÖ document to court.
The second witness confirmed to the court that he had conducted two lab tests on the said ścolonialÖ document, based on requests by Nana Didieye and the Police Criminal Investigations Unit respectively.
He said he knew Nana Didieye III, who had brought two documents, a letter and a photocopy of the ścolonialÖ document, to him for laboratory testing.
Alhaji Yakubu said the instruction given him by Nana Didieye III was to find out if he (Nana) could have been the author of the two documents, emphasizing that, ťbecause we were close friends, he gave me much pressure to facilitate the testing.Ł
He said later when the Police Criminal Investigation Unit brought the document and other selected writings of Nana Didieye for examination he identified many characteristics which showed that it was very likely that the chief might have authored the ścolonialÖ document.
According to Alhaji Yakubu, the test showed that a ball point pen was used to scribble the words in the entire ścolonialÖ document, explaining that, historically, ťin 1845 a ball point pen had not been invented.Ł
He said the ball point pen was invented and first seen used in Europe in 1945 and first seen in Ghana in the 1960s and so could not be possible that the document could have been written in 1845.
The document examiner disclosed that of all pens, it is only the ball point pen that produces what is called śstriationsÖ and that he saw striations in the entire writings in the document.
The witness again emphasized that the type of paper used for the document was not a normal writing paper used by the then colonialists rather it was a common contemporary brown paper.
The court therefore adjourned sitting until May 07, 2013 when the counsel for the accused person, Mr Daniel Afari-Yeboah is expected to cross-examine the witness.
The said colonial document, titled ťReport on Enquiry into Akwamus and Kwahus Land Dispute, 1845Ł is said to have been forged by the accused person and that it was not in the National Archives since 1845 as was being indicated.
According to reports between 1989 and 1990, Nana Didieye had visited the National Archives several times obtaining certain historical documents of the Gold Coast from which he compiled the said ścolonialÖ document.
The reports say he later presented it to the National Archives claiming it was a ścolonialÖ document prepared by certain Major Cochan of the Gold Coast regiment.
It was also reported that the chief claimed he found that ścolonialÖ document in a horn of an animal at a shrine in Abomasarefo which he thought would be of interest to the archives.
A portion of the document is alleged to contain a receipt indicating that Abomasarefo and its environs were bought by the accused great-grandfather, Kwaku Dedeayie, alias śBareyoÖ from the Akwamus in 1845 for 250 pounds sterling.
The allegation continued that the accused person, Nana Didieye III, later went back to the archives and obtained an authenticated copy of the document he had presented and petitioned to the Kwahu Traditional Council in 1991 claiming the Abomasarefo land from the Bukuruwa stool.
The case is still being contested at the Koforidua High Court to ascertain the authenticity of the ścolonialÖ document.