State drops narcotic charges against David McDermott

State drops narcotic charges against David McDermott

- David McDermot, Britain’s most wanted cocaine fugitive was arrested at his residence at the affluent Burma Hills in Accra. 

- The 42-year-old is suspected of being a member of an organised crime syndicate 

-  The state is trying to extradict McDermott to the UK for him to be prosecuted there

-  Lawyers representing McDermott have questioned the basis for his extradition by the state

State drops narcotic charges against David McDermott

David McDermott (photo courtesy ITV)

The state has dropped charges against British fugitive David McDermott, who was arrested in Accra for his suspected involvement in narcotics business.

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According to Joy News, state prosecutor made the announcement  when the case was called Wednesday. The state says it wants to concentrate on a case for his extradition which is pending at the High Court.

Meanwhile lawyers representing McDermott have questioned the basis for his extradition by the state. The reason for their red flags was because in the case brought before the court, the state cited a treaty signed between the United Kingdom and the United States of America as the grounds for their request.

Defence lawyer,  Kodjoga Adawudu, during cross examination of the investigator in the case, said there was no treaty between Ghana and the UK binding both countries to send arrested fugitives back to their home countries for trial.

He also said the treaty which the state was relying on for the extradition process could not hold because the country was no longer a colony of Britain.

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The 42-year-old David McDermott who is a son-in-law of outgoing Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr Henry Kofi Wampah, was arrested in Ghana on March 11. He was brought beforean Accra Circuit court on March 14 and charged with illegal possession and dealing in narcotics. He pleaded not guilty to all the charges and was remanded.

McDermott and his gang are believed to be responsible for a failed smuggling operation to import £71 million worth of cocaine into the UK, discovered by Border Force at Tilbury Docks in May 2013.  During the sting, officers seized 400kg of cocaine smuggled into the country in a container of frozen Argentinian beef.

 

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