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Bawku Central MP, Adamu Dramani sentenced to two years imprisonment
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Bawku Central MP, Adamu Dramani sentenced to two years imprisonment

Jailed Bawku Central MP, Adamu Dramani

The New Patriotic Party Member of Parliament for Bawku Central Adamu Dramani Sakande has been sentenced to two years imprisonment by the Fast-Track High Court.

He was found guilty of false declaration of office, perjury and deceiving a public officer.

Joy News' Anny Osabutey reported he has been whisked away to start his sentence by the police.

Mr Dramani's lawyers pleaded for mitigation.

Mr Yonny Kulendi, lawyer for the MP told the court Mr Adamu Dramani was a victim of circumstances.

Mr Dramani, according to the lawyer, procured the services of a certain Stanley Opoku, who claimed to be a lawyer, to help him renounce his citizenship and was led to believe the renunciation had been done.

But the court rejected the plea.

A cattle farmer sued the MP, accusing him of violating the electoral laws of by contesting the Bawku Central Constituency Parliamentary seat whilst still a British citizen.

The state took interest in the case and filed nine counts relating to his nationality, perjury, forgery of passport, election fraud and deceiving public officers to be elected as an MP against Mr Dramani.

He was however exonerated on six of those charges on July 8, 2010, leaving with three charges of false declaration of office, perjury and deceiving a public officer.

He was sentenced to two years for each of the charges but the sentences will run concurrently.

The MP showed a brave face, Anny Osabutey reported, forced a smile, shook a few hands and thumped feebly into the air to assure a few supporters present at the precincts of the court before being whisked away.


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