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Crime & Punishment Wed, 20 Sep 2006

Nyaho’s Son Refused Bail

Accra, Sept. 20, GNA 96 Two people who were arrested in connection with an attempt to export drugs through DHL, a courier service, made their second appearance before the Greater Accra Regional Tribunal on Wednesday and were remanded in Police custody once more.

Ellis Tamakloe, a son of Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamkloe and Roger Ocloo, a worker of DHL, have been charged with engaging in a criminal conspiracy to commit crime in relation to narcotic drugs.

They were also charged with attempted exportation of narcotic drug without lawful authority. The pleas of Ocloo and Tamakloe, who is also a student, were not taken. They would reappear on September 27.
Mr Joseph Turkson, who represented Ocloo, renewed his bail application saying his client had identified Tamakloe as the one who presented the parcels at his office to be mailed. Mr Patrick Sorgborjor, who represented Tamakloe also renewed his bail application saying the Prosecution was not ready to commence the trial.
The Court after listening to both submissions decided to grant bail to Ocloo, and consider Tamakloe's bail later. It said: "We are going to grant bail application for the first accused person, who was given the parcel, because he has been able to identify the person. In the case of Tamakloe, the court would consider application later on."
However, Mr Sogborjor challenged the court on why it had to grant bail to Ocloo and decline bail for his client. Mr Sorgborjor said it would be unfair if the Court granted Ocloo bail since he was found in possession of the parcel. He criticised the Police for their inability to apprehend one Harry Campbell, who is believed to have handed the parcel to Tamakloe to be posted.
According to Mr Sorgborjor, his client had fully cooperated with the Police and handed over his car and cell phone saying "it is clear that the Prosecution is not ready to commence the trial=94. Mr Turkson objected to Mr Sorgborjo's submission saying: "You are misrepresenting the court".
The Judge then reversed his decision to grant bail to Ocloo and remanded both accused persons in Police custody for their applications to be renewed.
The Prosecution had earlier told the Tribunal chaired by Mr Justice Frank Manu that on August 30, 2006 the Operational Manager of DHL, while inspecting parcels, which were sent to his office by Ocloo, detected that one of them meant for the United Kingdom contained compressed dried leaves suspected to be cannabis.
A report was made to the Narcotic Control Board and Ocloo was arrested. When his room was searched, a number of waybills including a copy of the original one pasted on the parcel were found. The Prosecution said when the accused was interrogated he stated that the parcels were given to him by Tamakloe. Tamakloe told interrogators that one Harry gave the parcel to him to be sent by courier. Harry is on the run and the Police are making every effort to arrest him.
The exhibit has been forwarded to the Ghana Standards Board for examination.


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Source: GNA
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