Lawyer accuses police of hiding truth in missing cocaine saga
The police administration is pleading innocence and would not want to have anything to do with how the cocaine it tendered in evidence mysteriously turned into baking soda.
That was the cry of two principal investigators and head of the CID narcotics unit who appeared before the Chief Justice's Committee probing the matter.
They insisted the large envelope they presented in court on the 27th of September 2011 contained nothing but a slap of cocaine sealed and never tampered with for three good years.
The investigator who started the case in court in 2008, Thomas Anyekase insisted it was cocaine he tendered in evidence in court and wondered how it turned into baking powder.
Robert Kingsley Yeboah, who is lawyer of the Circuit Court judge in cross examining Thomas Anyekase argued the claim that the substance presented to the court the first time was cocaine was entirely the judgement of the police and not that of the court or the accused person.
But he (Ankekase) objected saying: “This is emphatically not true. My Lord, we brought cocaine to the court. If it was not cocaine, how would we waste our time for this long period? It is cocaine we brought to the court my Lord.”
Robert Kingsley Yeboah, told Joy News' Samson Lardy Ayenini after the proceedings that the investigators appeared to want to hide the truth as they were evasive during cross examination.
“Regarding the proceedings we are okay with it. We are all seeking to find out what has happened. The court has done its work, we don't see anything wrong with it. At the end of the day when the evidence comes out we will know who has done wrong.”
He argued the cocaine had been with the police for over three years and wondered how in the custody of the court for only a night the cocaine would be turned into a baking powder.
“…What I was trying to put across is that if you have held it for over three years and you are the sole person keeping it, then probably, you could, if you are sinister, decide on changing something. So that is what we are trying to put across there and not to say that because they held they are presumed to be guilty.”
He believed the police is trying hard to hide something from the public.
Asked what justification the judge had, to approve the testing of the exhibit the lawyer said Judge Eric Kyei Bafuor cannot be faulted at all.
He said if the prosecution felt hard done by the judge's ruling they could easily have appealed for it to be set aside.