Court rejects request to reopen Fantasy Dome
The Accra Circuit Court chaired by Her Honor Ms. Ellen Offei Aryeh refused a request filed by the management of Fantasy Dome for it to be unlocked.
The court, in its brief ruling on Friday, July 16, 2021, said it was unclear who ordered the facility to close.
The court said a request of this nature required the Inspector General of Police to be a party to assist the court, as the police were mentioned as the body that put the establishment under lockdown.
It is the court ruling that he never ordered the facility to be closed while the prosecution also said it had no idea who ordered the facility to be closed.
The tribunal said that while it shares the complainant’s concerns, it lacks jurisdiction to grant the claim before it.
The request, according to her, is refused and subsequently struck out.
EIB Network legal correspondent Murtala Inusah reports that the case has been adjourned until August 27, 2021 for the case management conference.
This was after the prosecution led by Chief Inspector Simon Appiorsornu informed the court that it would need time to file its witness statements.
According to him, although they had filed their statements, they had not yet filed their witness statements.
The court, before adjourning the case, ordered the prosecution to file the case by Aug. 18 and serve the defendants clearly three days before the next hearing.
On July 1, the management of the Fantasy Dome of the Ghana International Trade Fair Center filed a motion to reopen the facility and other third-party lockdown equipment.
Following the arrest of around four people in connection with the Christ Embassy Pneumatic Night concert, which allegedly took place in violation of Covid-19 protocols, police have locked up the Fantasy Dome at the Trade Fair Center in Accra since April. 30, 2021.
About the movement
Filing the request, Lord Delvin Essandoh holding a memorial for Mr. Jerry Avenorgbo, counsel for Mr. Edmond Dapaah, the facilities manager and fourth accused (A4) in the case, said that the locked instruments and equipment belong to third parties .
According to him, the facility, which serves as a source of livelihood for A4 and other employees, has been closed to the public since April 30.
He added that it also serves as a recording studio, where other economic activities take place.
“Currently, there is pressure on the management of the facility from third-party companies due to the instruments and equipment that have been leased for the program,” the lawyer told the court.
To this end, the lawyer applied to the court for an order to reopen the Dome and release the instruments and equipment to restore the livelihoods of the residents of the facility.
The prosecution led by Chief Inspector Simon said the state was not opposed to the petition.
Amended charge sheet
At the last court hearing, the prosecution amended the indictment of the case on the merits of the four defendants indicted for their involvement in the violation of COVID-19 protocols during the Night Service of the Night. pneumatic ”.
The event was hosted by the Youth Wing of Christ Embassy Church.
Defendants Alex Asomani, Wilson Delali Agyemang, Kumi Nutifafa, all members of the Church, have been charged with conspiracy to commit a crime and three counts of failing to comply with restrictions on religious organizations.
Meanwhile, Edmond Dapaah, the facility manager of the Fantasy Dome at the International Trade Fair Center, has been charged with aiding and abetting crime.
They all pleaded not guilty to the charges.
They were admitted to their previous deposit which had been granted to them for the sum of GH ¢ 80,000 each with two deposits after the modifications.
Chief Inspector Apiorsornu told the court that on May 4, 2021, police gathered reports that the youth, wing of Christ Embassy Church in Ghana, had organized a night service dubbed “Pneumatic Night” at the Fantasy Dome within the Trade Fair Center without complying with COVID-19 security protocols.
According to him, the video footage of said church service was also quoted on various social media platforms and in the video it was observed that worshipers were not wearing face or nasal masks.
“On the basis of the information gathered, the police went to the exhibition center, where the center’s security chief in the person of Judge Tuuru Konlan was met,” he said.
He said the security chief confirmed to police that Christ Embassy Church held the said program on April 30, 2021, around 8 p.m., at the Fantasy Dome in the fairgrounds and closed on the morning of May 1, 2021.
According to the prosecutor, Konlan added that the management of the Fantasy Dome had not officially informed the management of the Trade Fair Center of the said program.
He said police carried out an inspection inside the Fantasy Dome as well as the round pavilion and when measuring the intervals between the arranged chairs it was observed that the one-meter rule of social distancing between the faithful was not respected.
The prosecutor also said that there was no ventilation of fresh air and that the Church relied on air conditioners.
He said other investigations found the program exceeded the two-hour maximum.
On May 6, 2021, Asomani, a member of the national service (A1), Agyeman an entrepreneur (A2), Kumi, a businessman (A3), who were the organizers of the all-night religious service were arrested by the police. .
The prosecutor said that Dapaah had also been arrested by police for questioning and that in their investigation, the statements cautioned, they could not give any tangible reason for flouting COVID-19 protocols.