A District Court in Ghana has remanded a foreigner believed to be associated with a new political group named “The New Force. Abbiusi, a Belgian and spokesperson for “The New Force,” was arraigned by the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) on charges of “obtaining for oneself a student permit by false declaration.” The court, situated in Kaneshie, a suburb in the capital Accra did not accept the plea of the accused but presented the facts in open court.
It said Abbiusi was remanded into lawful custody, and the court granted the prosecution a few days to conclude investigations. The accused is set to reappear on Monday, December 11, 2023.
During the proceedings, Jamal Tonzua, the legal representative for the accused, argued that the GIS was attempting to violate the rights of his client. He emphasized that, under Ghana’s Constitution, the accused was entitled to a fair trial and suggested that the GIS should have completed their investigations before bringing the case to court.
The prosecutor informed the court that investigations revealed the accused had first arrived in Ghana on September 4, 2017, through the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) and had been a regular visitor until 2018, when she supposedly became a resident following her alleged admission as a student at the Ghana University College.
The court said, checks from the College reportedly showed that she had never been a student, and documents supporting her application for a residence permit were allegedly forged.