The lawyer for Ibrahim Sima, CEO of Exopa Modeling Agency arrested for alleged drug dealing, has expressed strong reservations and indignation at methods being used by the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) to elicit information from his client.

Mr Kwame Akuffo told host of Joy FM’s Super Morning Show, Evans Mensah, on Wednesday that officials of NACOB on Tuesday forced Mr Sima to write his statement, instead of being interrogated, a modus operandi he described as improper.

He said even though he objected to the method, the acting Executive Secretary of the NACOB, Mr Yaw Akrasi-Sarpong, insisted on taking his client’s statement and upon persistent interruption to get things done right, he [Akuffo] was sacked from the offices of NACOB “because the language that I was using was not music to his ears”, thus “midway through my client’s statement he was denied the services of his counsel, a constitutionally guaranteed right”.

“You do not elicit evidence from this incriminating cross examination of a man who is in your custody to obtain information to use against him… a man is not entitled to incriminate himself,” he noted.

Mr Akuffo explained that by interrogation, his client could choose to answer certain questions or not, but asking him to write his statement implies he is giving his side of the case, which he said could be used to implicate him.

Ibrahim Sima was arrested Sunday at the Kotoka International Airport for allegedly attempting to smuggle substances suspected to be cocaine to Germany.

The substances were alleged to have been concealed in four tubers of yam which were part of the luggage of the Ghanaian fashion icon, who shot to fame about a year ago as the brain behind the exquisite modelling show in Ghana.

But Ibrahim Sima has “denied all the allegations” leveled against him, his lawyer maintained. He would not divulge further information on the basis of “attorney/client privilege”.

Mr Akuffo said he has been advising Mr Sima on “his constitutional rights in order not to incriminate himself” and insists his client is “innocent” and would be cleared at the end.

He could not tell when his client would be arraigned before court but hoped it would be soon.

Story by Isaac Essel
Myjoyonline.com/Ghana

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