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General News Fri, 20 Apr 2001

Hajia Baby Ocansey to appear before regional tribunal

The Osu Community Tribunal on Thursday committed Hajia Baby Ocansey Abubakari Sidiq, a trader, to stand trial at the regional tribunal for defrauding the Bank of Ghana.

Baby Ocansey, 60, is charged with conspiracy and defrauding by false pretences. Her plea was not taken and she was remanded in custody to appear before an Accra Regional Tribunal on April 23.

The tribunal chaired by Mrs Ivy Heward-Mills also remanded in custody three people who were accused of harbouring Ocansey. They are Alhaji Mohammed Sheriff Pupulampu, a herbalist, Osman Mohammed, unemployed and Ibrahim Mohammed, a footballer.

Their plea was not taken and their case was rescheduled for April 26.

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Chief Inspector Margaret Awuni, prosecuting, said in April last year, the police declared Ocansey a wanted person but the three men hid her at Madina Zongo in Accra where they all lived, until she was arrested upon a tip-off.

She said at the time of harbouring Ocansey, Pupulampu, Osman and Ibrahim knew that they were committing a crime and assisting her to avoid lawful arrest. Mr Kwame Dadzoe, Counsel for the accused persons argued that a criminal is a person tried, found guilty and convicted, but since Ocansey had not been tried and found guilty, the three persons could not be said to be harbouring a criminal.

Mr Dadzoe, therefore, asked the tribunal to purge his clients of the charge and set them free

Source: GNA
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