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08.06.2004 General News

Supreme Court to decide on cocaine case on June 11

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The Supreme Court would on Friday, June 11 decide on an appeal filed by five of the accused persons charged with shipping 588.33 kilograms of cocaine into the country.

The accused are Kevin Gorman, 59, American; Alan Hodson 45, David Logan 43, Frank Lavelrick 43, all British, and 45-year-old Sven Herb, a German.

They are appealing against the unanimous decision of the Court of Appeal (CA) on March 3 that revoked the bail offered them by a Greater Accra Regional Tribunal in view of the gravity of the offence. Mohammed Ibrahim Kamil, one of the accused persons, did not file any appeal at the Supreme Court.

The accused persons, who were standing trial at the Regional Tribunal, were charged with conspiring and possessing narcotic drugs without authority.

Gorman was additionally charged with using his house for narcotic offence.

The six accused persons pleaded not guilty during their trial at the Accra Regional Tribunal where each of them was granted a 300 million-cedi bail with two sureties to be justified. However, when the Appeal Court revoked the bail the case was transferred to an Accra High Court.