Amoateng Still In Custody, 8 Days After Being Granted Bail

Eight days after he was granted bail by an Accra Circuit Court, Eric Amoateng the former Member of Parliament (MP) for Nkoranza North, is still in custody because he has still not been able to meet the bail condition.

He is being kept at the Nima Police Station cells, after he was granted bail by an Accra Circuit Court last Friday.

The Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department, Commissioner of Police (COP) Prosper Kwame Agblor, told The Ghanaian Times yesterday, at about 5: pm that one of the landed properties being used as surety had still not met the necessary requirements, and they had not produced another one.

Amoateng was arrested last Thursday, for travelling on a forged passport, put before the court and granted bail in the sum of GH¢200,000 with three sureties, one to be justified.

He was requested by the court to report to the police twice a week —Mondays and Fridays  and deposit his passport with the Registrar of the Circuit Court.

The case has been adjourned to August 26.

Police sources said that though the court granted the bail, they had to ascertain the places of abode of the sureties and possibly, their places of work.

Police prosecutor, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Aiden Dery, on Friday told the court presided over by Mrs. Ellen Vivian Amoah, that the accused was arrested on Thursday, August 7, at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) when he arrived on a Delta Airline flight from New York.

He said Amoateng travelled to the United States of America on December 11, 2005, and was arrested there with heroine, tried and consequently jailed for 10 years.

On his arrival at the KIA last Thursday, after serving the sentence, he was arrested for passport fraud, in accordance with Section 166 of the Criminal Offences, Act, 29, 1960.

The prosecutor said checks with the Ghana Immigration Service revealed that the passport, with number H2347080, which Mr. Amoateng travelled on, was issued to a young lady, Barbara Inkum, while the accused was in incarceration in the USA.

By Francis Asamoah Tuffour  

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