- Five Ghanaians have been locked up in UAE for trafficking marijuana
- Authorities there have already given one of the suspects a 10-year jail term
- The rest are waiting for their trial to begin
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Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have arrested five Ghanaians for attempting to smuggle marijuana into the Gulf state.
Confirming the arrest in a statement sighted by YEN.com.gh, Ghana’s consulate in Dubai warned travelers to the UAE to pay extra attention when accepting parcels to deliver to others there.
The arrest of the five was made between January and March 2021 at the Dubai Airport.
“The sad part is that all the parcels containing the weed were given to them by agents in Ghana who acquired the UAE Visa for them, with instructions to them to give the parcels to their counterpart agents in the UAE on arrival,” the statement stated.
One person has already been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for “probably carrying weed that he was not aware of and weed that someone else would have benefitted from.”
Angel Obinim was charged with conspiracy to publish false news and forgery.
Facing trial with one Kwame Otchere, the founder and the leader of the International God’s Way Chapel pleaded not guilty to the charges leveled against him.
He was discharged after the prosecution led by Detective Sergeant Richard Amoah informed the court that the state wished to withdraw the charges against the accused persons.
The court presided by Her Worship Rosemond Agyiri subsequently struck out the case as withdrawn and discharged the accused persons.
Background: Obinim was arrested by the police on the night of Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in his church.
He allegedly faked a heart complication and was rushed to the hospital instead of the police station.
He was later discharged by the hospital and was finally taken to the Odorkor police station where he was arraigned before court.
He was slapped with two charges, publication of false news and forgery of documents.
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