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08.07.2004 Crime & Punishment

AG quashes murder case against ex-Chief

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Sunyani, July 8, GNA- The Attorney General has quashed a case of fraud and alleged murder case against Nana Amoateng Ameyaw, ex-Amomahene who is alos Nkoranza District Coordinator of National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and four others.
The four are Philip Danutsi, Augustine Kwasi Amoateng, Oduro Asiama and Afia Baffuoah.
The five were charged with defrauding and the murder of one Roger Assina at Tabron hotel at Abeka La Pas in Accra on September 11, 2002.
Superintendent Alex Mensah, Brong Ahafo Regional Crime Officer who disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency on Thursday said a letter from the Attorney General's Department dated August 8, 2003, stated that after studying the evidence on the docket there was no evidence to suggest that the suspects had wanted to defraud the deceased. "Taking into account the autopsy report on the deceased, there is equally nothing to suggest that the deceased died of any foul play, for this reason I do not recommend for the prosecution of the suspects and it is therefore advisable that they be granted unconditional freedom", the letter added.
Superintendent Mensah said Roger approached Nana Amoateng in 2001 to help him travel to London.
He said Nana Amoateng in turn contacted a friend, Lloyd Kofi Sarpong of Accra to assist the deceased to acquire a visa for which the latter paid 25.5 million cedis to Sarpong through Nana Amoateng. The Crime Officer said on September 5, 2002, Nana Amoateng drove Roger in his car from Techiman to Accra to attend an interview at the British Embassy.
Superintendent Mensah said the deceased and Nana Amoateng lodged at Tabron hotel at Abeka La Pas in Accra but the deceased collapsed the following morning at about 0830 hours and was rushed to Star Clinic at Abeka where he was admitted.
He said the deceased was transferred to the 37 Military Hospital the next day but died whilst receiving treatment.
A post mortem was conducted and the body was conveyed to Techiman for burial but Madam Sylvia Akabadige, wife of the deceased, demanded for another autopsy at the Regional Hospital in Sunyani before burial. He said the case was reported to the Police and the docket was sent to the Attorney Generals Office for advice.
The Regional Crime Officer said the 25.8 million cedis collected from the deceased was given to the Police and had since been handed over to the wife.

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