The embattled CEO of troubled gold trading firm Menzgold Ghana Limited Nana Appiah Mensah cannot be extradited to Ghana immediately despite winning a case of fraud brought against him in the United Arab Emirates, the government has said.
A government delegation dispatched to the UAE in January to facilitate the extradition Mr Mensah to Ghana returned to Accra without him.
The delegation was sent to negotiate the repatriation of MR Mensah affectionately referred to as NAM1 following reports that he was arrested in the Gulf country in a gold deal gone bad.
Charged with fraud over the gold deal business worth $23million with a UAE company based in Dubai, Mr Mensah was acquitted and discharged on Tuesday.
According to Starrfm.com.gh sources, the court presiding over the case further ordered the company Mr Mensah had issues with to pay him all outstanding debts.
The news of Mr Mensah’s victory has put the government under pressure to get him brought back to Ghana within days to in order to refunds customers of his troubled gold trading firm.
Speaking to journalists Tuesday, a deputy Attorney General and Minister of Justice Joseph Kpemka confirmed the acquittal and discharge of Mr Mensah.
But, he stated that the complainant in the case has a 30-day period within which to appeal against the decision and that Mr Mensah can only be extradited to Ghana after that period elapses without an appeal from the complainant.
“So, I can confirm on authority that he has won the case in Dubai pending any appeal by the complainant in that matter and if there’s no appeal in that case after 30 elapses and his freedom is without questioning,” then he can be brought back to Ghana, he stated.