Judge threatens to free Nayele gang

AN Accra Circuit Court has adjourned to February 24, the case involving the six accomplices of the incarcerated Nayele Ametefeh, to enable the prosecution to complete its investigations.

One of the accused, Alhaji Mohammed Dawood, a businessman, was granted permission to travel, but was ordered to attend court on the adjourned date, after the trial judge asked the prosecution to expedite action or he would throw the case out.

Others are Abiel Ashitey Armah, a Foreign Affairs Service Officer, Ahmed Abubakar, Protocol Officer at the Kotoka International Airport, Theo-philus Kissi, a civil servant, Sadala Nuhu and Nana Akua Amponsah.

The accused were said to have aided Nayele to transport 12.5 kilgrammes of cocaine, worth 1.8 million pounds sterling, to the United Kingdom.

Ms. Penelope Mamatah, the prosecutor, told the court, presided over by Mr. Francis Obiri, that the state needs enough time to conduct further and thorough investigations.

Reacting to her response, counsel for the accused expressed worry about the incessant plea for time to conclude investigations.

Mr. Frank Davies counsel for the accused persons, blamed the prosecution for unduly delaying the case, and urged the court to strike it out if the prosecution was not prepared to pursue the case.

He said the court should not be used as a conduit to punish innocent people, adding that the trial should be done expeditiously.

Expressing his frustration, Mr. Davies stated that the unnecessary fanfare and furore, had dragged the reputation of the accused into the mud.

Responding, Ms. Penelope said, “It is unfair for counsel to make these comments. My Lord, cases of this magnitude require enough time to conduct in-depth investigations”.

The presiding judge, Mr. Obiri calmed nerves and warned that he could strike out the case if the prosecution was not forthcoming.

Meanwhile, a ruling in respect of an application for the release of an impounded car belonging to one of the accused persons, will be made on February 28.

By Malik Sullemana     

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