Nayele Pleads Guilty

THE Ghanaian lady at the centre of the raging cocaine scandal, has pleaded guilty to the charge of trafficking and illegally possessing cocaine.

Nayele Ametefeh told the Isleworth Crown Court in London yesterday that she was guilty of the offence.

The case has been adjourned to January 5, 2015, for sentencing.

The suspect addressed the judge via a video conference facility from prison where she is currently being held.

She was calm in her light green apparel, and did not look too worried.

Nayele Ametefe Lawyers for Nayele were pushing for a quick sentence for their client, but the prosecution insisted it had to amend the charges filed against the suspect.

“Nayele wanted to be sentenced today” the lawyers said, but the prosecution prayed the court to adjourn hearing in order to establish the actual quantity of the substance carried by the suspect.

Media reports have pegged the quantity at 12.5 kg, but the prosecution suspects it could be more or less, and that could affect the actual sentence.

The judge agreed with the prosecution, and adjourned hearing to January 5. The judgement will be given in 30 minutes, the judge stated.

The arrest of Ms Ametefeh at the Heathrow Airport in the United Kingdom has generated controversy as to who arrested her.

An official statement from the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) said the board played a part in the arrest of Ms Ametefeh, but this was refuted by another statement from the British High Commission, which said that authorities at Heathrow arrested Ms Ametefeh without any assistance from the NACOB.

The arrest of Ms Ametefeh took a political twist in Parliament on Tuesday, when members of the two major political parties, the National Democratic Congress and the New Patriotic Party, spent most of their time in a chaotic debate as to which of the partiess’ adherents had indulged in narcotics.

The Majority Leader in Parliament, Alban Bagbin in the heated debate, cited the arrest and incarceration in the United States of America, of the New Patriotic Party former Member of Parliament for Nkoranza Eric Amoateng, with the Minority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu also claiming that the wife and son of a former Speaker of Parliament, had indulged in cocaine dealings.

This was ignited by a demonstration with a 12 kilogram bag of rice on the floor of Parliament by the Deputy Minority Leader, Dominic Nitiwul, the quantity of the cocaine busted at Heathrow Airport.

So far, 12 people have been arrested in connection with the case.

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