Court to rule on Alhaji Dawood’s bail application

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Accra, Dec. 8, GNA – An Accra circuit court, presided over by Mr Francis Obiri, will on December 12 rule on a bail application filed by the counsel for Alhaji Dawood Mohammed, a businessman.

 

Mr Addo-Attuah, Counsel, prayed the court for a bail for his client who is in the custody of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) for abetment of crime.

He said the offence for which the BNI was holding his client was a bailable offence.

The accused person has pleaded not guilty.

He said there is nowhere in the law which stipulates that when prosecution had not finished conducting investigation into a matter upon arrangement bail should be refused.

Mr Addo-Attuah said there was no evidence before the court linking the accused person to the offence and that the accused reported himself to the police and had no intention of travelling outside the country since the case was before a court of competent jurisdiction.

Presenting the facts to the court, Mr Richard Gyambiby, Assistant State Attorney, said the accused person and one Nayele Ametefeh, alias Ruby Appiah, alias Ruby Adu Gyamfi, were bosom friends.

He said the accused person was also a friend with almost all the employees at the VIP Lounge of the Kotoka International Airport.

He said investigations were preliminary, therefore, there were indications that through his interactions with Nayele, the accused person got to know that Nayele intended to travel with drugs to the United Kingdom.

“In the furtherance of her objective, the accused person offered his influence at the VIP Lounge to help Nayele use the VIP Lounge ostensibly to evade detection of security officers,” he added.

He said, therefore, on or before November 9, the accused person, relying on his influence at the VIP lounge, got one Abiel Ashitey Armah and two others, who have already been charged before the court, to assist Nayele to use the facility.

Mr Gyambiby said on November 10, Nayele was arrested in the United Kingdom, after cocaine was found in her baggage.

He said upon hearing the arrest of Nayele, the accused fled to Nigeria, but he was placed on a wanted list by the BNI. He, however, returned from Nigeria.

The State Attorney said on his return, he was arrested and a search conducted on him revealed three Ghanaian passports and two Nigerian passports.

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