The trial of the two persons arrested for allegedly exporting 100 compressed parcels of wee stashed in Fante kenkey leaves from Ghana to the United Kingdom (UK), could not start.
This was because the witnesses – police officers – who were expected to avail themselves for the hearing to begin, were on other national assignments.
The decision to commence the trial follows the announcement by the prosecution led by Chief Supt. Duuti Tuaruka, that the results of the substance which was handed over to the police forensic laboratory, tested positive for Indian hemp (wee).
The trial judge, Aboagye Tandoh, adjourned sitting until January 26, 2016.
Kwaku Boateng, 47, a travel and tour agent and Yaw Opoku, 62, are said to have on October 19, 2015 at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra conspired and possessed a narcotic drug without lawful authority.
Kwaku and Yaw have also been charged for attempted exportation of narcotic drug without lawful authority.
They have both denied the charges.
The facts of the case are that the complainants, who are police officers, at 8pm on the afore-mentioned date, received information that the accused persons had stuffed a Hyundai HI mini bus with cartons of compressed dry leaves suspected to be Indian hemp meant for export to the UK.
The prosecution said the complainants went to the airport and laid surveillance until about 10:30 pm the same day when they saw the said vehicle with registration number GB 5409-12 being driven by Yaw and heading towards the Aviance Cargo section of the airport.
It stated that Yaw, upon interrogation, told the police that it was kenkey but when one of the parcels was opened it revealed 10 parcels of dry leaves suspected to be Indian hemp wrapped with Fante kenkey leaves.
By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson