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General News of Monday, 14 March 2016

Source: adomonline.com

Revealed: Wampah's fugitive son-in-law has Ghana passport

British fugitive, David McDermott, who was arrested in Accra last Friday for his role in a conspiracy to import £71 million worth of cocaine into the UK in 2013, made his first court appearance on Monday, March 14, 2016.

David McDermott had been on the UK government's 'Wanted' list since 2013.

The 42-year-old, who is also the son-in-law of Bank of Ghana Governor, Henry Kofi Akpenamawu Wampah, was produced at a Circuit Court in Accra wearing a striped Lacoste and black jeans.

He was charged with illegal possession and dealing in narcotics.

The Police Prosecutor told the court that he entered into the country with a Ghanaian passport bearing the name David Smith.

He is also said to be an owner of a mining company in the Eastern Region.

After reading out his offence, the Police prosecutor prayed the court to remand him into police custody, a plea which was granted by the presiding judge, Aboagye Tandoh.

He was thus remanded into prison custody and told to re-appear on March 30, 2016.

Multimedia Journalist, Raymond Acquah who was in court reported that neither Mr. Kofi Wampah nor any other person from the Bank of Ghana came to the court.

The BoG Governor has issued a statement after the arrest of his son-in-law, insisting he never knew McDermott was a wanted drug baron.