The Cape Coast Circuit Court One presided over by Her Honour Dorinda Smith Arthur, has granted a GHS30,000 bail with two sureties to Mr Kwesi Dawood, the suspended Communications Officer of the Central Regional arm of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in an alleged case of incest.
Mr Dawood was charged with abetment of crime – to wit, illegal abortion.
He is to reappear in court on 27 October 2021.
The prosecutor, ASP Daniel Gadzo Mensah told the court that Mr Dawood, who is the biological father of the victim, allegedly impregnated her through an incestuous affair.
The accused person, according to the prosecutor, then conspired with a medical doctor, to perform an illegal abortion on the victim.
The girl then confided in her mother and proceeded to lodge a complaint with the Swedru District police.
The case was later transferred to the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) in Cape Coast.
Mr Dawood has pleaded not guilty.
When the news broke, he issued a statement denying the allegations levelled against him.
In a statement, Mr Dawood said: “I wish to state unequivocally that the said publication is a false and malicious fabrication”.
He also hinted at filing a defamation suit against the newspaper.
Read Mr Dawood’s full statement below:
RE: NDC GURU IMPREGNATES DAUGHTER – CAUSES ABORTION
11th October 2021
I have taken notice of a publication by the Daily Guide newspaper of 11th October 2021 alleging that I have impregnated my daughter and made her abort the pregnancy.
I wish to state unequivocally that the said publication is a false and malicious fabrication.
While I work with my lawyers to prove my innocence through the justice system and pursue a defamation action against the Daily Guide newspaper, I would like to appeal to the general public to treat the said publication and the allegations thereof with the contempt it deserves.
To all comrades, friends and family who have reached out to show concern, I am grateful for your encouragement and support.
The truth cannot be buried forever; it will spring forth like a seed in the fullness of time.
Ɔwɛnfoba Kwesi Dawood