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12.08.2006 General News

Cocaine Probe: Four refuse to testify

By mjol
Cocaine Probe: Four refuse to testify
LISTEN AUG 12, 2006

Four of the six suspected drug dealers arrested recently have refused to cooperate with the Georgina Wood Committee which is investigating a cocaine scandal in which some senior police officers have been implicated.

The four, who until their arrest last week Wednesday, had been testifying at the hearing, today refused to utter a word when they were brought in to give evidence.

They are: Kwabena Amaning (aka) Tagor, Alhaji Issah Abass, Kwabena Acheampong and Kwadwo Ababio.

Their lawyers informed the committee that their clients can not continue giving evidence at the hearing.

They were then excused from the hearing.

The Four suspects were arrested last week after they voluntarily appeared before the committee to answer questions concerning the loss of parcels of cocaine on a vessel, MV Benjamin at the Tema Harbour.

Many observers questioned the arrest of the four saying it would disrupt the work of the fact-finding committee even though the committee and the Attorney-General who ordered the arrest thought otherwise.

JOYNEWS reporter covering the hearings, Evans Mensah reports that the lawyers argued that because the subject matter is in court, they would prefer their clients keep quite now.

They also argued that they were unhappy with some media reports on the case against their clients and at this point would wait for the trial to begin till they make any further comments.

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