NAM 1 released from police custody … after court varies bail conditions

The Chief Executive Officer of gold dealership company, Menzgold, Nana Appiah Mensah has been released from police custody after meeting the bail requirements.

This comes on the back of the variation of his bail conditions by the circuit court yesterday in Accra.

Nana Appiah Mensah was granted bail on July 26, 2019, but had been in police custody due to his inability to meet the conditions including GHȻ 1 billion bail bond with five sureties, three of whom must be justified.

Prior to the release, his lawyers claimed the bail conditions were unfair and pleaded with the court for a review.

His lawyer Kwame Akuffo prayed the court to reduce the bail bond to GHȻ 5 million.

The prosecution did not oppose the plea for the variation of the bail but disagreed with the defence giving its own figure.

The court however in its ruling maintained the bail at a cost of one billion cedis but varied the surety conditions.

The judge Harriet Naa Akweley Quaye, ruled that NAM 1 should provide five sureties but none of them needs to be justified.

The case has since been adjourned to September 3, 2016.

NAM1 was slapped with 13 counts of defrauding by false pretences, money laundering, abetment and carrying on deposit-taking business without licence contrary to Section 6 (1) of the Banks and Specialised Deposit-taking Institutions Act, 2016 (Act 930).

 He arrived in Ghana on July 11, 2019, and was picked up by security operatives at the Kotoka International Airport for interrogation after spending several months in Dubai in another legal battle.

Nana Appiah Mensah has been accused of defrauding his customers of about GHȻ1.68 billion.

According to the charge sheet, the money was from 16,000 people who invested a total of GHȻ1,680,920,000 in the company.

The charge sheet indicated that Mr Appiah Mensah’s two companies — Brew Marketing Consult and Menzgold Ghana Limited; represented by him, have also been charged with defrauding by false pretence, contrary to sections 20 (1) and 13 (1) of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29).

Mr Appiah Mensah’s sister and his wife, Benedicta Appiah and Rose Tetteh, have also been charged with two counts of abetment to defraud by false pretence and two counts of abetment to carry out banking business without a licence, contrary to Section 6 (1) of Act 930.  citinewsroom.com

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