The Financial Division of the Accra Fast Track High Court on Monday, directed the Chief Registrar of the Judicial Service to expedite action on the transmission of the record of proceedings on the trial of the jailed Chief Executive officer of the EXOPA Modelling Agency, Ibrahim Sima, for the hearing of the motion filed by the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) for an order to confiscate and dispose of assets of the convict.
Consequently, the court, presided over by Mr Justice Bright Mensah, adjourned the hearing to October 21, 2011 to enable the transfer to be made on or before that date.
The adjournment was necessitated by the non-availability of the record of proceedings from the trial court.
At the court’s last sitting, hearing was adjourned for a similar reason and also for the absence of the substantive prosecutor in the matter.
The EOCO motion, which is praying the court to give the office the permission to embark on the confiscation, was expected to be moved on May 19, 2011, but the court directed the EOCO to furnish it with the record of proceedings of March 3, 2011.
At the 18 July sitting, counsel for the EOCO, Dr Philip Addison, drew the court’s attention to its earlier order to that effect and said his checks last Friday had indicated that the chief registrar had directed the transfer of the documents.
Sima was represented by Naa Adueley Ashong.
Sima was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment on March 3, 2011 after he had been found guilty on two counts of possessing narcotic drugs without lawful authority and attempting to export narcotic drugs concealed in four tubers of yam.
The EOCO’s action formed part of the Narcotic Control Board’s (NACOB’s) plans to confiscate and sell assets of convicted drug dealers to the public.
The Daily Graphic issue of May 13, 2011 listed 24 properties belonging to Sima, including buildings, a number of vehicles, bank accounts; both local and foreign; cash in foreign and local currencies, digital cameras, laptops, as well as pistols and shotguns.
They are the EXOPA Modeling School, situated behind the Trade Fair Centre at La, a house numbered 1233 at Tema Community 10, shareholdings and assets in the EXOPA Modelling School, a Range Rover, a Land Rover, BMW and Opel vehicles, credit cards, as well as German, Belgian and Togolese passports.
Source: Daily Graphic/Ghana