Eight security officers have been sentenced to a total of 16 years’ imprisonment with hard labour for smuggling cocoa along Ghana’s western frontier.
The eight, who were picked up four years ago alongside six others, are to serve two years each in prison.
They are Gabriel Dimado, William Festus Yawson, Steven Sowah, Nii Armah Adolf, James Dzamesi, Paul Dzamesi; all Collection Assistants of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Constable J.K. Boakye of the Ghana Police Service and Michael Mate-Korle of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS).
The Fast Track High Court, presided over by Mr Justice Bright Mensah, upheld the case of the prosecution and said the prosecution was able to lead evidence to prove the offences of abetment of unlawful exportation of cocoa, and corruption of a public officer.
Family members of the convicted officials could not hide their grief when the court passed its judgement.
Ace investigative journalist and now a private investigator, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, conducted investigations resulting in the arrest of the convicted persons and six others in 2010.
Rockson Eric Appeadu, Isaac Kwaku Darko, Prosper Edze, all officials of the