Tema shooting: Kingdom Exim boss under police investigations

Chief Executive Officer of Kingdom Exim Ghana Limited, James Gnanaraj Rajamani and his younger brother who is a director of the company were arraigned before the Ammunition Anti Robbery Unit of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in Accra over their act of attempted murder of two Indian nationals in Tema.

The incident reportedly occurred on the 27th December 2019 as they also face charges of threat of death, false imprisonment, among others.

Reports suggest that on the first day that the CID in Tema went to the premises of the suspects to invite them to the police station for questioning, it is of interest to note that there appeared on the scene, a top government official who reportedly prevented the police from picking up the suspects to the police station.

It therefore became of great concern to the victims how and why a minster of state who is supposed to ensure that justice prevails should rather obstructs the administration of justice in such broad day light.
Indeed, the top government prevented the suspects from going to the Police station, according to reports.

As we speak now the case has been transferred to the CID, Police headquarters where investigations are ongoing, though slowly.

Again, when the suspects were invited to the police headquarters, they came in an entourage of about twenty persons, most of them heavily armed and “machomen”, surprisingly once again, the said Minister and Member of Parliament was with the group.

Our checks revealed that it is the said top politician, who stood surety for the suspects.

It relevant to indicate here, we are reliably instructed by the victims that two or three meetings were held in connection with this case at the police headquarters, but for whatever reasons no concrete action has yet been taken in respect of the case.

The victims do not want to believe that the inaction is due to the close links of the suspects with the minister of state, whose identity would be revealed in subsequent report.

It would be recalled that on 27th December 2019, two Indian nationals, Francis Selvaraj and Mahesh Kumah Balun were shot at close range by two men on motor bike at Pub in Tema Community 7.

Francis use to work for the suspects’ company, Kingdom Exim Ghana Limited, and his appointment was terminated after he confronted the suspects about the illicit sexual affair by James with Francis’ wife.

This was the beginning of Francis’ problems and cause of the attempted murder that took place on 27th December 2019.

Prior to the shooting incident, Francis was threatened at gunpoint by the suspects. Francis was imprisoned in the premises of the suspects and the next day Francis was deported from Ghana.

Before the deportation the suspects had the following words to tell Francis. “if you inform anybody about this encounter and the issue about your wife, we will kill you and dump you in the thrash and nobody dare question us; not even any governmental body in Ghana will dare question us. We have money and can buy anybody at all in Ghana”.

Francis thereafter after the deportation returned to Ghana, and the suspects started following and monitoring him until the 27th day of December 2019 when the shooting incident took place.

What necessitated the shooting of the victims is when the secret love affair between James and Francis’ wife became public and after series of heated arguments among himself (Francis), his wife and the Kingdom Exim CEO.

Francis’s wife (name with held) had forewarned Francis about the intention of the suspects to kill him.

It is also worrying that in the light of petitions written by the Lawyers of the victims, investigations have not gotten anywhere.

However attempts to reach the two suspects for their comments on the matter proved futile as calls to their mobile phones went unanswered.

Source: Osei Bonsu, Contributor

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