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22.12.2006 General News

Court To Decide On Tsibu-Darko

By William Yaw Owusu
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An Accra Fast Track High Court trying Prince Tsibu-Darko, the Tema based businessman, for the exportation of 3,700 kilogrammes of cocaine to Europe will today determine whether to grant him bail.
This follows a submission by Yvonne A. Obuobisah, Principal State Attorney, at yesterday’s hearing that the prosecution was no longer opposed to the granting of bail for the accused.
'We have not concluded our investigation into the matter but all the same we are not opposed to the grant of bail. We want the bail conditions to be such that the accused will come back to stand trial,' Mrs. Obuobisah submitted.
Due to the new development, the court, presided over by Appeal Court Judge, Justice Jones Dotse, asked defence counsel Gabriel Pwamang and Yonnie Kulendi to apply formally for bail.
'I want you to make a formal application so that I can abridge the time for the prosecution to respond appropriately'.
Tsibu-Darko, 49, was not brought to court by the police and when the judge enquired from the prosecution, Mrs. Obuobisah said 'the accused is indisposed and is currently on admission at the Nyaho Clinic in Accra', a statement confirmed by the defence counsel.
Tsibu-Darko, appeared for the first time at an Accra Circuit Court on August 16, and has since been on remand. However, on November 22, the prosecution entered a request for'nolle prosequi' (unwilling to pursue) but had Tsibu-Darko, re-arrested soon after and arraigned him before the Fast Track Court.
At the Fast Track Court, the accused was denied bail on two occasions.
Tsibu-Darko has pleaded not guilty to engaging in prohibited business relating to narcotic drugs
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