General News of Tuesday, 12 April 2016
Lawyers of the British suspected drug Baron David McDermott have a 15-day lifeline to stop his extradition to the United Kingdom (UK) to face drug-related charges.
Lead lawyer Victor Adawudu told Joy News he would be meeting his client, Wednesday to decide the way forward after an Accra High Court ordered his extradition.
McDermott is facing three counts, namely, conspiracy to contravene Section 170 of the Customs and Excise Management Act, 1979, contrary to Section 1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977; conspiracy to supply a controlled drug of Class A, contrary to Section 1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977, and conspiracy to blackmail, contrary to Section 1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977 of the UK for being been part of a gang that smuggled 400 kilogrammes of cocaine, with a street value of £70 million, from Argentina to the UK.
The suspect has pleaded not guilty to the charges but he would first have to fight an attempt to extradite to the UK to answer to those charges.
Joy News' Raymond Acquah who was in court reported Adawudu as saying there was no basis for the extradition because the prosecution was relying on the wrong extradition treaty.
Adawudu also claims the alleged drug related offences are not extradition offences.
But the judge, Merley Efua Wood, said there was sufficient grounds for the British to be extradited and ruled the suspect has 15-days to show why he should not be extradited.
Adawudu told Joy News he was happy the judge condemned the procedure used in arresting the suspect.
"Due process is part of the law," he stated, adding he will engage his client tomorrow to explain things to him after which they will take a decision.