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05.01.2005 Football News

Seven soccer supporters remanded into police custody

By GNA

Accra Jan. 5, GNA - Seven soccer supporters who were arrested last Sunday during the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup Final Match at the Ohene Gyan Sports Stadium in Accra for possessing narcotic drugs broke down in tears when they appeared before a Circuit Court in Accra on Wednesday.

Murtala Iddrisu, driver's mate, Eben Adjin, an interior decorator, Safiariani Issah, Phanuel Agbetor, Kwabena Nyanteh Osei, Samuel Baidoo and Bella Ayittah Tetteh all unemployed, sheared tears when they were asked to mount the dock.

Their counsel, Mr Kwabena Mensah in a reaction threatened to withdraw his service if they continued to cry.

The seven have been charged for possessing narcotic drugs. The Court did not take their pleas but remanded them into police custody to reappear on January 19.

Earlier, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Eric Amoako, the Prosecuting officer pleaded with the Court to remand the accused persons to enable the Police conclude with their investigations.

According to the Prosecutor it was likely that if the accused persons were granted bail they might travel to Kumasi to cause further confusion during the second leg match.

The defence counsel, Mr Mensah prayed the court to grant his clients bail since the charges levelled against them had nothing to do with them going to commit any crime.

He however prayed the court to either ban them from going to the Stadium or travel to Kumasi to watch the match.

The court however rejected defence counsel's plea and remanded the accused persons accordingly.

The case against the accused persons was that on January 2, during a CAF final league match between Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko at the Ohene Gyan Sports Stadium the accused persons were arrested at various points of the stadium.

The Prosecuting said the police were at various entrances to the Stadium to check and prevent supporters entering the stadium with offensive weapons and other dangerous materials.

During the checks, the police arrested the accused persons for possessing dried leaves suspected to be narcotic drugs at the gates. They were subsequently arrested and arraigned before the Court. 05 Jan. 05

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