Amoateng Still In Police Custoday

Eric AmoatengThe former Member of Parliament (MP) for Nkoranza North, Eric Amoateng, is still in police custody, three days after he was granted bail by an Accra Circuit Court because he was unable to meet the bail conditions as of close of work on Friday, according to a police source.

The source said the police were in the process of verifying the authenticity of the documents provided by the sureties.

But the lead counsel for Amoateng, Mr. Charles Puozuing, said at the time of executing the bail on Friday, the court had closed.

Besides, the police were unable to verify the documents provided by the sureties at the Lands Commission to establish whether they were the rightful owners and also for the passport of the accused to be deposited with the Court Registrar as directed by the court.

He was however optimistic that by this afternoon today, they would meet the bail conditions to enable the accused to be released.

The accused who was arrested last Thursday for travelling on forged passport, was granted bail in the sum of GH¢200,000 with three sureties, one to be justified.

He is to report to the police twice a week; Mondays and Fridays and also deposit his passport with the Registrar of the Circuit Court.

The Judge, Mrs. Ellen Vivian Amoah, who presided over the case, adjourned to August 26.

According to the source, despite the fact that the court granted the bail, the police must know the places of abode of the sureties and possibly their places of work and also deposit the passport of the accused with the court as directed by the judge.

The source said that, the issuing of the bail must be done or signed in the presence of the Court Registrar.

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

He said Mr. Amoateng travelled to the US on December 11, 2005 and was arrested there with heroine, tried and consequently jailed for 10 years saying it was on his arrival at the KIA that he was arrested for passport fraud, contrary to section 166 of the Criminal Offences, Act, 29, 1960.

He said checks with the Ghana Immigration Service, revealed that the passport, H2347080, which Mr. Amoateng travelled on, was issued to a young lady, Barbara Inkum, while the accused was in carceration in the US.

By Francis Asamoah Tuffour 


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