Amoateng trial over forged passport adjourned to April 8

Former New Patriotic Party Member of Parliament for Nkoranza North, Eric Amoateng, is yet to cross his second hurdle to freedom after an Accra Circuit Court on Thursday adjourned proceedings to April 8, to allow the prosecution to call additional witnesses.

The ex-convict is in another legal tussle with the state over allegations that the passport he used on his return to Ghana following his release from the United States last year was fake.

The former legislator was returning after serving his 10-year detention in the U.S. for possessing narcotics.

Amoateng’s second trial in Ghana which political opponents have described as witch-hunting has lasted for eight months, a situation that has angered his lawyer who has accused the state of unnecessarily dragging its feet to prosecute the matter.

For three months, neither the prosecutor nor the investigator showed up in court any time the case was called, a situation that has also angered the presiding Judge.

Mr Amoateng’s lawyer, Charles Puozing is considering filing a submission of no case to end the trial when the state closes its case.

The lawyer believes the state has failed to establish the guilt of his client, insisting all the witnesses produced by the state so far have not been able to prove any crime against the former legislator.


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