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Friday, July 24, 2009

Convicted drug barons freed by court



The Court of appeal on Friday, July 24, 2009 ruled that, Mr Kwabena Amaning aka Tagor is innocent and should therefore be released. This was after a unanimous decision by a Court of Appeal in Accra. Mr Amaning was jailed in 2008 for allegedly dealing in narcotic drugs.

Tagor’s legal Council, Mr Dominic Ayeni, speaking to Peace FM soon after the news broke out said, a court of appeal has ruled that his conviction was wrongful in law, and should be immediately released from jail. According to Lawyer Ayeni, though Tagor is still in jail, the court order would be served on the Director of Prisons who would immediately free him from the Nsawam Prisons.

He told Peace FM that hopefully, by Monday morning, the order would have been served on the Director of Ghana Prisons and Mr Kwabena Amaning a.k.a Tagor would be eventually freed. The news also confirmed that, Alhaji Issa Abbass was also freed at the same time by the court of appeal.

The Fast Track High Court on November 28, 2007 found Tagor guilty of conspiracy, engaging in prohibited business relating to narcotic drugs because he confessed to his drug transactions. He was, however, acquitted and discharged for buying and supplying narcotic drugs. The court, presided over by Mr Justice Jones Victor Dotse, a court of Appeal Judge, also found Alhaji Issah Abass guilty of conspiracy and engaging in prohibited business relating to narcotic drugs. The court, however, acquitted and discharged him on charges of supplying narcotic drugs.

The court, ordered that the sentences should take effect from the day of their arrest. The Serious Fraud Office confiscated assets of the convicts. The two were said to have made confessions about their previous dealing in the drug business at the residence of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Kofi Boakye in May 2006. The said conversation was recorded and anonymously dropped at the Georgina Wood Committee set up by the government at the time to investigate the missing 76 parcels of cocaine on board MV Benjamin, which had docked at Tema.

By Abu Issa Monnie(www.peacefmonline.com)

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