UK bank apologises to Asantehene over diplomatic passport claim

UK bank apologises to Asantehene over diplomatic passport claim

The Ghana International Bank has rendered an unqualified apology to the Asantehene following allegations that he entered the U.K. with an expired diplomatic passport.


The overlord of the Asante Kingdom, Otumfou Osei Tutu II, has been recently engulfed in controversy after it emerged that he had transferred a whopping £350,000 into his personal account in the U.K. 

UK bank apologises to Asantehene over diplomatic passport claim

Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II


The official at the Ghana International Bank that helped the King do the transfer has since been dismissed on grounds of behaving unprofessionally.

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Mark Frank Arthur used to be the manager of the bank, but was given the sack after it was realised that the accepted deposit  the £350,000 into the Asantehene's UK account without asking how the money was gotten.


The bank also claimed that the Asantehene was using an expired diplomatic passport at the time the transaction was made, blaming Mr Arthur for not detecting it.


A statement from the bank said on Wednesday said: "the claimant [Mr Arthur] did not check the diplomatic passport was valid and in fact, it was expired. Even, if it had not expired, the claimant would have still have to follow the Respondent’s [Bank] processes which he failed to do."


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However, Mr Arthur is challenging his dismissal in court, and at a sitting on Thursday the bank admitted it was wrong to claim the Asantehene was using an expired diplomatic passport.


The lead Counsel for the Bank rendered an apology to the King, and admitted that the bank did to do due checks before declaring the Asantehene's passport as expired.

READ ALSO: Otumfuo's diplomatic passport had expired when he gave out £350,000 - Ghana International Bank

Upon the new twist, the final ruling of the case was adjourned to Monday, October 9, 2017.

Source: Yen.com.gh

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