Court Orders Amoateng Witness To Produce Medical Report

The Trial judge hearing the case of the former Member of Parliament (MP) for Nkoranza North, Eric Amoateng, who allegedly acquired a Ghanaian passport fraudulently, has called for the medical report of the investigator in the case.

This was after the Accra Circuit Court was for the third time informed that ASP Kwaku Lodonu was unwell.

The trial judge, Mrs Vivian Ellen Amoah, also called for the medical report of prosecutor DSP Aidan Dery, who was said to be indisposed and had not been to the court for sometime.

She said, ‘I am requiring the medical report of these alleged illnesses’ and noted that the accused person ‘expects this trial to go on’.

The state of health of both the witness and the prosecutor was made known by Chief Inspector Michael Jubiok.

Amoateng was in court with his lawyer Charles Puozuing and had to leave after the case was adjourned to March 11, 2015.

The investigator had earlier said that Amoateng said he acquired the said passport while serving time in the US.

ASP Kwaku Lodonu had stated that even though the former MP had told him that he downloaded a form on the internet during his incarceration for heroin related offences, investigations revealed that passport forms were not available on the net.

The prosecutor in the case had also admitted that ‘nobody knows how the passport came to be in the possession of the accused person.’

The investigator in his cross examination had said on August 5, 2014 he was informed about a case of fraudulent acquisition of passport by his superiors at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

He had said he was informed that the suspect had arrived from the USA and that the suspect was Amoateng who had in his possession a passport with number H2347780.

Furthermore, he had told the court that the suspect had been taken to the Narcotics Control Board, so he went there and took him to the CID Headquarters where his statement was taken, and tendered the statement to the court in evidence.

The police officer had said in the course of his investigations, it was revealed that the said passport belonged to one Barbara Inkum.

According to him, the suspect told him that a certain Ghanaian prison inmate called Mohammed helped him to acquire the said passport and that he and Mohammed were released together and that he did not know which way Mohammed went.

Barbara Inkum, owner of the passport said to have been used by the accused person to travel to Ghana from the United States, has also testified as well as Issaka Lan- Gani, Assistant Commissioner of Immigration at the Kotoka International Airport (KI).

BY Fidelia Achama

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