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22.04.2004 General News

"I am a credible witness "- Witness tells Court

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Accra, April 22, GNA- Miss Huzeiuma Iddrisu, Housemaid of Kevin Gorman, one of six suspected drug barons, who allegedly smuggled 588.33 kilograms of cocaine into Ghana, on Thursday said her evidence to an Accra High Court was true.

She further stated that she was a credible witness in the case. Miss Huzeima was answering questions under cross-examination by Mr Addo Attuah, one of the counsel in a case in which six persons are being tried for importing drugs to the country.

The accused persons are Gorman, 59, American; Mohammed Ibrahim Kamil, Ghanaian; Alan Hodson 45, David Logan 43, Frank Lavelrick 43, all British and 45-year-old Sven Herb, a German have been charged with conspiracy and possessing narcotic drugs without lawful authority. Gorman, Hodson and Lavelrick were additionally charged for importing narcotic drugs without licence from the Ministry of Health. Gorman was further charged for using his property for narcotic offence.

All the accused persons, who are in prison custody, have pleaded not guilty. Mr Justice F. Kusi Appiah, an Appeal Court Judge is sitting on the case as an additional High Court Judge.

Continuing with her cross-examination, Huzueima disagreed with counsel that Hodson did not do any masonry work in Gorman's house previously.

The witness explained that though a team of contractors did some masonry works, Hodson did some work in the house.

She said Hodson, who was a mason, divided a bathhouse of Gorman's house and further did the plastering in the house.

Witness denied counsel suggestion that she was not in the room of Gorman when Kamil visited the house on December 30, 2003.

She further denied that it was drinks that were presented to the Kamil, during his visit and not money.

She denied counsel suggestion that she did not see Kamil when he was leaving the house.

Witness said she opened the door for Kamil to leave the house after he and Gorman had completed their conversation.

In cross examination by Mr Thaddeus Sory, counsel for Kamil, Huzueima told the court that the boxes she identified yesterday in court were the same boxes which were impounded by security personnel.

When asked whether on December 30, last year, Gorman returned to his house, witness said she returned the following day.

She said after Gorman had returned, she saw two different cars that were brought to the house.

Sory: Did you have access to your master's house after accused persons had been arrested.

Witness: Yes I did and I even locked some of the rooms up. Owusu Fordjour, Counsel for Gorman: You said the Police arrested you tell us the date?

Witness: I can't tell.

Owusu Forjour: Why were you arrested?

Witness: I was told that I knew about my master business

Hearing continues on April 27.