The Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service has revealed that Nana Appiah Mensah, CEO of defunct gold firm, Menzgold Company Limited, cannot be extradited to Ghana now even though he is on bail in Dubai.
According to the CID Boss, Appiah Mensah popularly known as NAM 1 can only be brought to Ghana after the completion of his trial in UAE.
Addressing the press on Tuesday, April 2, CID Director-General DCOP Maame Tiwaa Addo Danquah said “On the 4th of March, NAM1 was granted bail and there were some conditions for his bail. On 25th of March, he was able to execute the bail and his lawyers obtained the letter for his release. Due to the red alert notice on him, he was rearrested on the instructions of Interpol. The Dubai police have gone ahead to obtain a local warrant of arrest based on the Interpol red notice.
“He is currently in the custody at a Dubai Police station and that case, even though he is on bail, hasn’t ended; they will continue to produce him before the court until that case is over before he is handed over to Ghana. We are in touch with the Dubai Police and everything is on course.”
NAM 1 is being held for a misdemeanour charge over a US$23-million deal gone bad.
A Dubai-based businessman reported Mr Mensah for fraud in May 2018. Unaware that he was on the Dubai police’s wanted list, Mr Mensah went to the Emirates with the hope of receiving a huge amount of money due him as a result of his earlier transactions with the Emirati, only to be arrested when he presented his passport to undergo immigration formalities.
Several customers of his defunct gold firm have on several occasions demonstrated in Accra, Takoradi and Tarkwa calling on government to intervene and help them retrieve their locked up cash.