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General News Fri, 7 May 2004

Ex-NPP Organiser Granted ?500million Bail

The Deputy Director of the Ghana Free Zones, Mr Andy Appiah-Kubi, is helping the Brong Ahafo Regional Police Command in its investigation into a case involving a 38-year-old woman who allegedly swindled her own husband of ?979.5 million.

Charged with abetment of crime and harbouring a criminal, Mr Appiah-Kubi has been granted a ?500 million bail. He was said to have harboured the woman, Georgina Addai, in his house at Tema for about 10 months, during which time the police were hunting for her.

But, as fate would have it, the woman was arrested on bench warrant in the house last April 20, at dawn. The Brong Ahafo Regional Police Commander, Mr Asiedu Akrofi, confirmed these to ?The Evening News? here, when contacted.

According to the commander, two other accomplices, Charles Brannoh and Angela Lamis Brannoh who were on the run had also been arrested. They were said to have connived with Georgina to supply rice, flour, sugar among the lots. They had, however, been granted police enquiry bail of ?500 million each after their statements were taken.

Meanwhile, Mr Appiah Kubi was said to have declined to give his statement to the police and indicated in the statement form that, ?I wish to defer my statement until the proceedings at the law court by which time I would have consulted my legal counsel.? It is recalled the ?The Evening News? carried the story of the arrest of the woman, in its April 27, 2004 edition.

Headlined ?Ex-NPP Organiser Harbours Fugitive?, the story according to police sources had it that Georgina, a native of Mim, had been married to the husband, Mr Desmond Charmant, an agro-businessman at Mim for about 18 years. Between January and June 2003, the woman was said to have informed the husband of her decision to trade and as such introduced to him, Lamsida Ventures Limited Company in Accra, owned by the two accomplices who were to be her business partners and would be supplying rice, flour, sugar and others.

Source: Evening News