Court ruled on Ghanaian native

A $2,000.00 fine was imposed on Ghanian national, Awal Abdul Sharif, who was charged with assisting other persons to unlawfully enter Grenada.

Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill fined him EC$2, 000 to be paid forthwith or to spend four months in prison for the offense.

When the accused appeared at the No. 1 Magistrate’s Court, Gill also granted the law enforcement officers an immediate removal order against the thirty-five year old man.

The Court also discontinued the human trafficking charge that was laid against Sharif subsequent to his arrest and the money-laundering charge that came following his first court appearance April 27.

This was done at the request of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), which was approached for assistance to find a summary offense against the Ghanian national since the matters was an indictable one to be sent up to the high court for trial.

During his court appearance, the Chief Magistrate read the charge to Shariff that he was assisting other persons to unlawfully enter Grenada.

The accused was represented in court by Attorney-at-Law, Peter David who now serves as a Senator in Parliament with the ruling New National Party (NNP) administration.

Shariff, a security officer, who was residing in neighbouring Trinidad, pleaded guilty to the charge and was entitled to 1/3 deduction of the $2, 000 fine.

Sharif was charged in connection with the illegal entry into Grenada of seven Nepalese nationals (six males and one female), who have since been repatriated to St. Lucia.

According to an official police report, the Nepalese were picked up by the Grenada Coast Guard on the night of April 30.

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