‘Money Launderer’ In Hospital

Piera Cascante Victor Hugo, the 42-year-old German standing trial at the Financial Division of the Accra Fast Track High Court for alleged money laundering did not appear in court yesterday.

The state prosecutors informed the court that he has been admitted at the Police Hospital.

He was arrested at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) by officials of Narcotic Control Board (NACOB) on April 29, 2013 while undergoing departure formalities enroute to Bolivia and Sao Paulo.

The accused is alleged to have concealed 650,000 dollars and other foreign currencies in wallets, pockets of clothes and secret compartments in five travelling bags in an attempt to smuggle them out of the country.

He has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted exportation of currency without licence  by the Bank of Ghana, concealment of currency, smuggling of currency and money laundering.

He accused has been refused bail.

When the case was called for hearing, state prosecutors apologised for late appearance before informing the judge, Mrs. Justice Afia Serwaa Asare-Botwe that the investigator had informed them the accused  was indisposed and would not be available fo trial and prayed for adjournment.

Defence counsel, Afenyo Markin also prayed for  adjournment and variation of time for his client to recuperate and have the right frame of mind to stand trial, since his condition was unknown.

The court asked the state prosecutors to inform the investigator to ensure the accused is in court today with a requisite medical report on his condition.

It acknowledged the presence of the second prosecution witness in court and asked him to avail himself today.  By Winston Tamakloe.

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