A Fast Track High Court presided over by Court of Appeal Judge sitting as an Additional High Court Judge, Mr. Justice Jones Dotse today slapped 15 years jail sentence on both Kwabena Amaning, alias Tagor and Alhaji Issa Abass. The Judge found them guilty on the charges of conspiracy to trade in narcotics drugs, doing prohibited business relating to narcotics and promoting cocaine business without lawful authority.
The Judge based his decision on the recorded conversation that took place at ACP Kofi Boakye’s residence at Kanda in Accra, in which the Judge said he is convinced that the accused persons and other participants of the meeting admitted and confessed that they deal in cocaine. Justice Jones Dotse noted that the assertion by the two convicts that they were baiting ACP Kofi Boakye to talk at the meeting to ascertain whether he stole cocaine from MV Benjamin as being speculated in town, is unacceptable.
This is because the Judge stressed, that information does not tally with what the speech experts who told the court the conversation was natural and not play-right or acted. The Judge however said he does not know why ACP Kofi Boakye and other participants in the conversation were not prosecuted by Attorney-General Department, since the tape’s content is a self-confessing of previous drugs dealings of the participants.
A large number of police officers were at the trial. After the sentence, the wives of Tagor and Abass broke into tears, together with their families. The defence counsels, Mr. Ellis Owusu Fordjour, Nana Asante Bediatuo and Mohammed Atta said they will appeal against the judgement. By Bernard Quanson