April 9, 2013 (Page 3 Lead)
The Accra Circuit Monday granted permission to one of the persons
accused of playing a role in the illegal shipment of 1.5 tonnes of gold
worth $52 million to Turkey to travel to Nigeria to seek medical care.
Alhaji Musah Ahmed, the lawyer for Peter Kofi Bedzra, a miner, had
prayed the court to review its bail conditions and allow his client to
travel to Nigeria for medical care.
The court, presided over
by Mrs Justice Patience Mills-Tetteh, a High Court judge with additional
responsibility as a Circuit Court judge, had, on February 26, 2013,
granted Bedzra bail in the sum of GH¢100,000, with three sureties.
had also been ordered to surrender his passport to the BNI and report
himself to the national investigative body on Fridays.
counsel’s plea to the court to review the bail conditions, it gave the
accused person permission to retrieve his passport from the BNI.
legal team for a third accused person, Joseph Kwame Donkor, prayed the
court to order the BNI to release Donkor’s vehicle to him.
The court refused the request and advised the legal team to repeat the application on May 6, 2013, the next adjourned date.
second accused person, Frank Mould, alias Ebo, a forwarding agent, who
was first put before the court on March 19, 2013 and remanded, has been
granted bail by the Accra High Court.
All the three accused persons were in court.
has pleaded not guilty to one count of forgery of document, contrary to
Section 158 of the Criminal Code 1960, Act 29, while Mould has pleaded
not guilty to two counts of abetment of crime and uttering forged
documents, contrary to Section 169 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
Donkor, the third person to be picked up by the BNI, is also a trader and Managing Director of Joedith Ventures Limited.
pleaded not guilty to two counts of abetment and was granted bail in
the sum of GH¢100,000, with two sureties, on March 22, 2013. He was also
ordered to report himself to the BNI on Fridays.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mr A. A. Annor, Bedzra had, on
December 31, 2012, allegedly forged certain documents, including a
Geological Survey Department certificate for mineral samples numbered
OC5/6/12/13, Bank of Ghana foreign exchange Form 4A with the serial
number 14317261 and goods movement certificate No. A296968 to enable him
to export 1,500 kilogrammes of gold to Dubai.
Mould, for his
part, is alleged to have, on December 31, 2012, aided and abetted Bedzra
to forge the documents, as well as uttered forged documents, to aid
Bedzra evade the requirement under the law by exporting the 1.5 tonnes
According to the prosecution, Donkor abetted Bedzra
to ship the gold to Turkey without undergoing the stipulated legal
requirement before the shipment.
The facts of the case are
that Mould, who is a forwarding agent, operates at the KIA. In December
2012, Valid Moradi Moghaddam and his partners, all Arabs, arrived in
Ghana to purchase gold.
They got in touch with Omanye Gold
Mining Limited which sold to them a quantity of gold weighing 1.5 tonnes
and valued at $52 million.
According to the prosecution, the buyers packed the gold into 30 boxes for export to Dubai.
prosecution informed the court that Mould was contracted to process the
consignment for export and ,in the process, he aided Bedzra to forge
documents of the Geological Survey Department, Bank of Ghana foreign
exchange forms and goods movement certificate in order to ship the said
30 boxes through customs and other security checks at the KIA and
subsequently exported the said consignment to Dubai on December 31,
It said on December 29, 2012, a chartered cargo plane arrived at the KIA to carry the consignment to Dubai.
prosecution said the cargo aircraft containing the gold was, however,
intercepted and detained in Turkey because documents accompanying the
gold appeared not to be genuine.
Investigations are ongoing.