Lawyers for Bishop Daniel Obinim, the lead pastor of the International God’s Way Church (IGWC), have told the court that their client is seeking medical attention.
In Kaneshie District Court, Bishop Obinim is facing charges of forgery.
Bishop Obinim was due to fly from Kumasi to Accra for the trial, according to the defense counsel, led by Louis Yiadom Aboagye, but “took a turn for the worse and sought medical attention, hence his absence.
We have conveyed our difficulties to the prosecution and have agreed with them that he will appear on the next adjourned date,” Mr. Aboagye, who briefed the lawyer for Obinim, told the court, chaired by Rosemond Dodua Agyiri when the case was heard on Monday, November 16.”
Afterward, the case was adjourned to December 17, 2020.
Bishop Obinim and one Kwabena Okyere were separately brought before the Accra District Court of Kaneshie and charged with disclosure of false news and falsification of a document contrary to Section 159(c) of 29, 1960.
Along with three others in total, the two who pleaded not guilty are facing four counts of conspiracy to publish false news, conspiracy to falsify records, dissemination of false news and falsification of documents.
The accused are alleged to have fabricated and published a form for the arrest of one Isaac Opoku, a resident of Kumasi in the Ashanti region, demanded by the police.
Based on the evidence available to the court, Bishop Obinim allegedly forged and released without official endorsement a form wanted by police individuals against a man in Kumasi.
The type of the said wanted person containing the information of the suspected fugitive named Isaac Opoku, which was circulated on social media pages of certain individuals who are connected to Obinim, including Kwabena Okyere, according to court documents.
According to the prosecution, Bishop Obinim’s suspected forgery of police documents resulted in some GH 51,280 he allegedly deposited in Isaac Opoku’s bank account.
Bishop Obinim transferred GH 49,160 of the balance into his Kaizer Bank account in Spain, according to court records, but it was later returned to the bank account of Mr Opoku in Ghana.
Mr. Opoku then allegedly used the money, claiming to have done so because of a promise made to him by Bishop Obinim to buy him a car in front of his congregation.
It was the back-and-forth that accompanied Bishop Obinim’s attempts to recover the money that contributed to the police document’s suspected forgery.
After it emerged that the suspected police officers wanted form appeared on his Facebook page under the name ‘Angel Obinim Ba Kobby Fireman.’ Kwabena Okyere was then arrested by the police.
According to court records, the complainant in the matter followed up on the publication at the Police Headquarters but was informed that no such form was released by the police.
The suspected forged publications were subsequently removed by the owners of the Facebook accounts, but the defendant had already taken screenshots of the pages, according to the prosecution.
It is alleged that Kwabena Okyere went into hiding before his arrest in Kumasi.
“During the questioning of the accused person, a subsequent search on Facebook disclosed that the Facebook account ‘Angel Obinim Ba Kobby Fireman’ had been deleted,” the court document showed.