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30.08.2005 General News

GhanaExpo Visa Connection: Whistleblower Remanded


- His lawyer stunned

An Accra district magistrate court has remanded 'whistle blower' Paul Nimako in custody for allegedly issuing a death threat on the life of his one-time business partner, Kwame Owusu Afriyie, owner and organizer of Ghana Expo. Nimako was charged, following a complaint by Owusu Afriyie to the Dansoman police that the accused has threatened to eliminate him.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge and is scheduled to reappear on September 5, this year, pending further investigations into the matter.

A request for bail by Mr. Addo Attuah, counsel for the accused was turned down by the presiding judge.

Defense counsel expressed surprise at the court's decision not to grant his client bail, since, according to him, it is a charge of which one could be granted bail.

Stunned by the court's decision, counsel for the accused noted, “I was indeed surprise at the courts decision not to grant my client bail.”

He however indicated that he would file an application for bail at the high court.

It would be recalled that the paper catalogued portions of one of Nimako's petitions in yesterday's edition in which it alleged that Owusu Afriyie was involved in a massive visa racketeering deals, copies of which he sent to the US embassy, SFO and other international agencies, including the FBI.

Nimako claimed to have fallen prey to Owusu Afriyie's alleged fraudulent deals previously petitioned the President, Mr. John Agyekum Kufuor, through the former presidential staffer, Dr Amoako Tuffuor, to use his offices to cause thorough investigations into his activities, as he deemed it demeaning to the image of the country.