Posted: Monday 24th March 2014 at 17:00 pm

Immigration Officer And Another In Court Over U.S Visa Deals

An immigration officer who allegedly gave his service uniform to a visa applicant to enable him secure a US visa appeared before a Fast Track High Court in Accra on Monday.

Assistant Immigration Officer Edwin Adjetey Doku is being held on a charge of abetment of crime to wit engagement in smuggling of migrant.

With him in the dock is Thomas Bota, a travel and tour operator who is being held for abetment of crime and four counts of attempt to commit crime to migrant smuggling and forgery of documents (Passport).

They have all pleaded not guilty to the various charges.

The court presided over by Mr Justice Mustapha Habib Logoh admitted the two accused persons to bail.

Doku was granted bail in the sum of GH₡ 50,000.00 with one surety and Bota was admitted to bail in the sum GH₡60,000.00 with two sureties.

They are to reappear on April 7.

The court asked Mr S. O. Ansah, a Senior Attorney, to take a look at the charges preferred against the accused persons closely.

Charles Pulzo, counsel for Bota, prayed the court to admit his client to bail as he would not abscond and would appear to stand trial.

Mr Ansah told the court that Mr Emmanuel A. Yirenkyi a retiree was the complainant.

Prosecution said the complainant saw a Visa Applicant, Kwabena Darko, dressed in the apparel of an Immigration Officer and when he was confronted he took to his heels.

Luck however eluded Darko as he was apprehended and when he was quizzed he mentioned Bota as the one who gave him the uniform.

Bota in turn said it was Doku who gave him the uniform. Prosecution said Bota told the Police that he (Bota) had used the same modus to secure US visas for four persons.

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