Results Of Eric Amoateng Passport’s Signature Investigation Ready

Results Of Eric Amoateng Passport’s Signature Investigation Ready

The mystery surrounding the source of which passport director's signature was on the passport of Eric Amoateng, former Member of Parliament for Nkoranza North in the Brong-Ahafo Region, after an eight months legal tussle, is now ready.

DSP Aidan Dery, the prosecutor, made this known yesterday in an Accra circuit court that is trying Amoateng over an alleged fraudulent acquisition of Ghanaian passport.

The counsel for Amoateng was given the green light by the court to file a submission of no case after the report on the forensic analysis that indicated that the then Director of Passport appended his signature to the passport of Amoateng had been made available.

Until yesterday's sitting, the prosecuting team, led by DSP Aidan Dery, told the court five times that the results of the forensic analysis were still not ready.

The development made counsel for Amoateng decide to push for his client to be subsequently freed.

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In June DSP Derry informed the court that the authentication of which Passport Director's signature was on the suspect's passport could not be done because the signature was faint.

The Foreign Service Officer and Director of Passport attached to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Alexander Grant Ntiakwa, who is currently testifying in the court, has said he did not sign the passport of Amoateng, but noted however that he was sure it would be one of his predecessors.

The investigator, ASP Kwaku Lodonu, had told the court presided over by, Mrs. Ellen Vivian Amoah,  during cross-examination by Charles Puozuing, counsel for Amoateng, that it was based on the report of the owner of the passport by name Barbara Inkum, that the accused person was charged.

The investigator had in his evidence-in-chief said that Amoateng claimed he acquired the said passport while serving jail term in the US over a cocaine case.

Two persons, including Ms Inkum, believed to be the owner of the passport, as well as Issaka Lan-Gani, Assistant Commissioner of Immigration at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) has also testified.

The case has consequently been adjourned until January 26, 2016.


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