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10.05.2008 Africa

Goodies No Show

By Daily Guide
Goodies No Show

THE TRIAL of the Chief Executive Officer of Goodies Music Productions, Isaac Abeiku Aidoo, aka Goodies, yesterday came to an abrupt end after the prosecutor in the matter told the court that investigations were still ongoing.

ASP George Abavelim informed the court that the prosecution would need additional time to complete investigations into the matter and therefore asked for an adjournment, which was upheld by the court and subsequently the trial was adjourned to May 29, 2008.

The accused person, while being escorted to a waiting van, tried smashing the camera of a photo journalist who attempted taking snap shots of him, but the journalist drew back to avoid his moves.

Goodies is standing trial at an Accra Circuit Court on two counts of attempted exportation and possessing narcotic drug without lawful authority. His plea has not been taken and is currently in police custody.

The music producer, who looked sober in the dock is reported to have attempted exporting 80 pellets of whitish substance suspected to be cocaine to London.

According to prosecution, Goodies, who had produced top artistes in the country, was arrested at the Kotoka International Airport by NACOB operatives then on duty, when he arrived there on April 23, 2008 at about 10.45 pm to board a Ghana International Airline aircraft to London, UK and was going through departure formalities.

Goodies, the Founder of an NGO - Goodies Foundation - was suspected by the operatives of carrying drugs in his stomach and was therefore sent to the 37 Military Hospital for an X-ray examination which apparently disclosed that the suspect had foreign materials in his stomach.

He was put under observation for some hours and he expelled 80 pellets of whitish substance suspected to be cocaine.

During interrogation he allegedly stated that the drug was given to him by a certain Abdul Hamid, a musician residing at East Legon, to be delivered to one Willie in London for a fee of £3,000.

He however failed to assist the police arrest the said Abdul for further action.

Meanwhile the exhibit has been forwarded to the Ghana Standards Board for analytical examination.

By Mary Anane

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