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General News of Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Source: citifmonline.com

Kessben’s arrest is illegal – Lawyer

Lawyer for the Director of the Kessben Group of Companies, Ohene Gyan, has described as “illegal” the arrest of his client for alleged fraud and money laundering.

According to him, the National Security apparatus have the responsibility to provide evidence for the accusations leveled against his client.

Mr. Kwabena Kesse, director of Kessben Group of Companies, is being accused of using one of his firms, KESSBEN Shipping, Forwarding and Trading Ltd. (KSFTL), to facilitate the outward transfer of large volumes of foreign exchange.

“…until the story came out from their [Bureau of National Investigations], we didn’t even know that this is the reason why they arrested him; but of cause, if they [are] alleging that the company is involved in money laundering, then that onus of prove is on them,’’ he told Citi News in an interview.

Lawyer Gyan further explained that the said company has been in business for over eight years, "using a normal banking process and Stanbic bank is the bank."

He also revealed that his client has been denied legal representation since his arrest, contrary to the laws of the country.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) is coordinating with local and international partners and banks to unravel the case.

Mr. Kwabena Kesse is the Director of the Kessben Group of Companies: Kessben 93.3 FM, Kessben TV, Kessben Travel and Tours, Kessben Driving School, Kessben Shipping and Forwarding Ltd, Kessben Computer School, Fosua Hotel and Aseda Clinic. He is also a majority share-holder in Multi Credit Savings and Loans Ltd.

He is expected to be put before court on Wednesday.

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