17.03.2004 Crime & Punishment

Student remanded in prison for issuing fake visa

17.03.2004 LISTEN

Accra, March 16, GNA - Frank Atta, Student, has been remanded in prison custody for issuing fake British travelling documents to one, Kweku Obiri Antwi.

His two other accomplices, Beatrice Asante and Joseph Nyarko were each granted bail in the sum of 50 million cedis with one surety each to be justified.

The three were put before an Accra Circuit Court on five counts of conspiracy to commit crime, defrauding by false pretences, forging of documents, uttering forged documents and possessing forged documents. They pleaded not guilty to all the three charges.

The court presided over by Mrs Elizabeth Ankumah ordered the accused to reappear in court on March 30.

Prosecuting, Police Chief Inspector Alice Takyiwa said the three approached Madam Felicia Konadu, mother of Obiri Antwi, the Complainant, and promised helping her son to secure a British visa.

Inspector Takyiwa said, the accused collected 1,600 pounds, 1,100 dollars and 1,580 million cedis from Madam Konadu.

Chief Inspector Takyiwa said the three accomplices purchased a passport bearing a UK visa bearing the name of Ali Nuru for 1,100 dollars.

She said the accomplices inserted Antwi's picture in the passport and advised him to respond to the name Ali Nuru at the Airport. The Prosecution said after collecting the passport, Antwi detected a foul play and reported the case to the Police. Inspector Takyiwa said during investigations, Atta refunded 500 dollars to the Complainant.

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