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12.11.2019 Feature Article

Dutch Actress Jailed For Drug Possession, Can That Happen In Ghana?

Actress Immanuele Grives, photo credit: Dutch media
Actress Immanuele Grives, photo credit: Dutch media

Apart from the economic success of many European countries, which lies in hard work, good structure of taxation and developed markets, an effective judiciary system plays a significant role in social and economic development.

With such a huge amount of resources in Africa, it should have been one of the developed or fast developing continents in the world, after slavery, Apartheid, and colonialism.

Unfortunately, African stands as the poorest continent in the world, due to yearly massive corruption and poor judiciary system.

Since there is no law in African countries, including Ghana, and if it exists, it doesn’t work, many government officials, traditional chiefs, elites, and politicians, have taken it as an opportunity to commit fraud and corruptible deals with impunity.

In July 2019, Dutch actress Imanuelle Grives was arrested in Belgium, at a dance festival ‘Tomorrow land,’ in possession of quantities of different types of drugs.

During a search at the apartment where the 34-year-old actress was staying, police found a hundred ecstasy pills, over twenty grams of cocaine, as well as quantities of Ketamine, in her possession.

Her lawyer initially said she had taken the drugs to Belgium as part of her preparation for a film role but in a statement before the magistrate, she confessed that she was going to sell those drugs at the music festival.

Immanuele Grives, mostly known for her roles in Dutch TV series such as Celblok H and Vechtershart has been finally jailed in Belgium for two years.

The question I want to ask reasonable Ghanaians is would this actress have gone to jail if this case had taken place in Ghana? I don't think so.

In Ghana, National Security Officials retrieved a government's vehicle from actor John Dumelo, he was set free. Recently, a Ghanaian musician pulled out a gun, according to his lawyer, he did it in self-defense.

To threaten someone is a serious crime in any developed country, yet, threatening people is a very common thing that takes place daily in Ghana with impunity. How do you expect Ghana to be a successful country with such a useless judiciary system?

They must come to try that in Europe or any civilized country and surely, they will know the difference between a bogus ineffective law system of Ghana and an effective one in a developed world.

Joel Savage
Joel Savage, © 2019

Joel Savage is a Ghanaian-Belgian journalist and author. The accredited press-card holder of the Flemish Journalists Association once contributed regularly to the features column of the Daily Graphic, The Mirror, Ghanaian Times and the Weekly Spectator. The writer currently lives in Belgium., Column Page: JoelSavage

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