General News of Sunday, 20 May 2012Source: Daily Graphic The notorious armed robber and two-time jail breaker, Johnson Kombian, caused laughter at the AMA Court B yesterday when he jokingly asked press photographers to pay before he would allow them to take pictures of him.
“As for today, you have to pay me money before you take pictures of me oooo,” he told a team of journalists outside the courtroom. Spotting a neatly cropped hair and clad in a white Polo shirt over a pair of faded jeans, Kombian appeared at the court heavily guarded by prison officers armed to the teeth.
With Kombian’s history of jail breaking at the back of their minds, security detail, comprising police and prison officers, manned two court entrances, while a prison officer sat closely beside him on a bench shared by some litigants.
When his committal proceeding was called and the judge, Mr Ali Baba Bature, asked what language Kombian would be comfortable with, a smiling Kombian told the court in English that he would be comfortable communicating in Bimoba, his native language.
The judge then called the interpreter of the court to his feet but the interpreter was quick to say he did not understand the language, after which the judge began a fruitless search for anyone who could speak the language to be sworn in as an interpreter. But that also proved futile.
With nobody in the court able to do the interpretation, Mr Bature adjourned the case to May 23, 2010, with a directive to the court registry to take the necessary steps to ensure that a chief interpreter was available on the adjourned date.
Kombian was subsequently remanded in prison custody.
Kombian’s lawyer, Mr George Asomaning, was said to be indisposed, but the judge said he had neither a letter from him nor an excuse duty from a doctor confirming that.
The Attorney-General’s Office was fully represented by a three-member team, led by Ms Marina Opare-Appia, a Principal State Attorney.
When Kombian was out of the courtroom, he did not let go of his audacious claim and asked for GH¢10 from the television cameramen taking shots of him.
Kombian was indicted to stand trial at the High Court on two counts of conspiracy and murder of two policemen, Constable Prince Kwaku Agyare and Constable Owusu Frimpong, in 2010.
The notorious robber, who will turn 36 this year, also known as the Nankpanduri Terror, was handed the bill of indictment at the Ankaful Maximum Security Prison where he is currently serving 13 years for escaping from lawful custody on two occasions.