January 16, 2019

A Deputy Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Joseph Diodiok Kpemka is leading a high powered government delegation to the United Arab Emirates for a possible extradition negotiation arrangements with Authorities of that country for the prompt extradition of embattled Menzgold CEO, Nana Appiah Mensah to face prosecution back home in Ghana where an arrest warrant has been issued against him.

The delegation’s mission according to the deputy minister will be to “try to strike a deal with the government of the Emirates to see to it that he is brought back to Ghana to face justice.”

“We are going to elevate this through law and diplomacy so that we try and get to the bottom of the matter there. If there are no specific charges he is answering in the UAE all will be done within the remits of the law and diplomacy to get him extradited to face justice and to answer to charges that have been proffered against him.”

The diplomatic engagement has become necessary because there is no existence of an extradition treaty between Ghana and the UAE, that binds them to extradite Mr. Appiah Mensah to Ghana upon request and there is also no clarity about whether or not NAM 1 traveled on a Ghanaian passport.

Other members of the delegation include a representative from the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and National Security.

Nana Appiah Mensah popularly known as NAM 1 is reported to be in the Emirate Police custody since December 7, 2018 for an alleged gold deal offence which is not related to the Menzgold case in Ghana where he is unable to pay hundreds of Ghanaians their investments.

The decision to travel to UAE for the negotiation was taken after a crucial meeting of security chiefs after it emerged that NAM1 was arrested in Dubai.

Christian Kpesese/ ghanamps.com