Nayele ‘gang’ freed

Nayele AmetefeThe six persons arrested for assisting the incarcerated Nayele Ametefe to export 12.5 kilogram-mes of cocaine worth 3.5 million dollars to the United Kingdom, were yesterday acquitted and discharged by the Accra Circuit Court.

The accused, alleged to have played various roles in the infamous case, regained their freedom following the State’s withdrawal of charges of aiding and abetment against them, through a nolle prosequi.

They are Alhaji Dawood, a businessman; Nana Akua Amponsah, Sadalia Nuhu, Abiel Ashietey Armah, a Foreign Ministry Officer, Theophilus Kissi, a Foreign Service Officer, and Ahmed Abubakar, a Protocol Officer at the VIP lounge of the Kotota International Airport.

The ruling by Mr. Francis Obiri, the presiding judge, was on the strength of a letter he received from the Attorney-General’s office to the effect that the case should be struck out for want of prosecution.

The Cocoa Affairs premises on the 28 February Road, off the John Evans Atta Mills High Street, was turned into a mini rally, as the accused together with their families and sympathisers, sang and danced moments after the accused were freed.

Section 54(1) (2) Sub-sections (1) (a), (b) and (c) of the Criminal Procedure Code states among others that: “In a criminal case, and at any stage of a criminal case before verdict or judgement and in the case of preliminary proceedings before the District Court whether accused has or has not been committed for trial, the Attorney-General may enter a nolle prosequi, by stating in Court or by informing the Court in writing that the Republic does not intend to continue with the proceedings.”

Following this, the accused shall be discharged immediately in respect of the charge for which the nolle prosequi is entered, or the accused shall be released where the accused has been committed to prison, or the recognisances of the accused shall be discharged where the accused is on bail.

Nayele was arrested on November 10, 2014 at the Heathrow Airport in London, for illegally exporting cocaine to the UK, where she travelled with an Austrian passport.

She was tried at the Isleworth Crown Court in London, and sentenced on her own plea.

Following her conviction, lawyers for the accused prayed the Circuit Court in Ghana trying the case to free their clients on the grounds that the prime accused, Nayele, did not mention their names when she appeared in court.

The accused were later granted bail.

By Malik Sullemana     

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