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20.03.2013 Social News

Second Turkey gold suspect in court

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Accra, March 19, GNA - Frank Mould, a clearing agent was on Tuesday put before a Circuit Court  in Accra over the recent Gold bars weighing 1,500kg exported to Turkey.

Mould is the second person to be arrested and put before the court. He has been charged with altering forged documents and abetment of crime.

He is being held for assisting one Peter Kofi Bedzra, the first accused persons and for forging a Geological Survey Department certificate, bank of Ghana Foreign Exchange Form 4a and Gold Movement Certificate to facilitate the export of 1,500 kg of gold to Dubai.

The court presided over by Mrs Justice Patience Mills Tetteh, a High Court judge, remanded Mould into police custody to reappear on April 8.

On February 26, this year, Peter Bedzra appeared before the same court for forging documents and he was admitted to bail in the sum of GHC 100,000 with two sureties.

Bedzra was ordered to deposit his passport and report once a week at the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI).

Prosecuting, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Abraham A. Annor, told the court that Mould operates at the Kotoka International Airport.

In December last year, one Valid Moradi Moghaddam and his partners all Arabs were in Ghana to buy gold.

Prosecution said they came into contact with Omanye Gold Mining Limited who sold to them a quantity of gold weighing 1.5 tonnes valued at 52 million dollars.

Prosecution said the buyers packed the gold in 30 boxes to be exported to Dubai.

Mould, prosecution said with intent to evade the requirement of the law, Mould assisted Peter Kofi Bedzra to forge a Geological Survey Department certificate, a Bank of Ghana Foreign Exchange Form 4a and Goods Movement Certificate.

The three certificates enabled the movement of 30 boxes of gold to go through customs and other security checks at KIA and the gold bars were exported to Dubai on December 31, 2012. GNA

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