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Newsline: Ghana’s ambassador to Japan under investigation for operating illegal casino

Ghana’s ambassador to Japan Edmond Kofi Agbenutse Deh, is being investigated by the Tokyo police for his alleged involvement in the running of an illegal casino in the Japanese capital. The Tokyo Police are reported to have asked the ambassador to consent to questioning over an alleged lease contract made for a room in Tokyo operating the illegal casino. The report which appeared in some major Japanese newspapers including NHK World and Tokyo Reporter, said some ten employees working at the secretly operating casino at Shibuya, a suburb in Tokyo, were arrested for allowing customers to play baccarat – a gambling card game played at casinos. One of the suspects is quoted to have told investigators, “I thought diplomatic immunity was applicable through the Embassy of Ghana, and we would not be caught by the police.” The Tokyo reporter also said a rental contract previously in the name of the former ambassador was changed to that of the current ambassador, and the document signed at his official residence with diplomatic identification forms. The Police also seized more than one hundred thousand dollars in cash.



Newsline: Peru, Colombia agree to share embassies in Ghana and Vietnam

The governments of Peru and Colombia have formally agreed to share embassy offices in Vietnam and Ghana, as part of ongoing efforts to promote integration in the Pacific Alliance bloc, which also includes Chile and Mexico. The agreement was signed by Peruvian Foreign Minister Eda Rivas and her Colombian counterpart Maria Angela Holguin, on the sidelines of a Pacific Alliance meeting in Mexico City. The accord paves the way for Peruvian embassy representation at the Colombian embassy in Ghana, while Colombia will be allowed to use Peru’s embassy in Vietnam.


Newsline: Ghanaian Embassy denies report of attacks in Egypt

An official of the Ghanaian Embassy in Cairo Egypt says the Embassy has not received any reports of Ghanaians being attacked by Egyptian fans as being reported in the Ghanaian media. The Finder newspaper reported that some Ghanaians resident in Cairo had been attacked by Egyptian football fans without any provocation. According to the paper, the Egyptian fans allegedly resorted to assaulting the Ghanaians because of their disappointment over the Pharaoh’s 6 -1 defeat to the Black Stars of Ghana in the first leg of the play-off phase of the Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifiers. However, speaking to Yaw Acheampong, host of Radio Universe’ ‘Inside Afrika’ programme via telephone from Cairo, an official of Ghana’s Embassy in Egypt who prefers to be anonymous, said the embassy has not received any such reports. Although she did not rule out the possibility of attacks on Ghanaians by Egyptian fans, the official at Ghana’s Diplomatic Mission in Egypt asserted that “no one has come here till now for this reason.”


Newsline: US Embassy In Ghana Lives On Residual Budget Due To Shutdown

The United States Embassy in Accra is operating on a residual budget because of the partial shut down by the government, an Official of the Embassy said. The official explained that the residual budget was insufficient for the operations of the embassy and should the shut down continue, the Embassy will have to lay off non-essential staff members to enable them sustain their operations. The Official who pleaded anonymity spoke to the media on how the US government shut down was affecting the embassy’s operations. A Residual budget is budget which has not been used therefore rolled over unto the following year. The Embassy Official said that they were still using the budget of 2013, explaining that the US fiscal calendar starts from October 1 and end on September 30. The Official, however, said the shutdown will not affect Ghanaians directly since they continue to have meetings with stakeholders and the visa section continues to operate.


Newsline: Ghana embassy in Russia sabotages independence day celebrations

A move by Officials of the Ghana Embassy in Russia that has sabotaged efforts of the Ghana Community and students from celebrating the 6th March Independence Day has raised eyebrows among Ghanaians in the Russian Federation. Over the years there has been a joint celebration of the Independence Day with specially allocated Government funds during which the Ambassador meets to interact with students and members of the Ghana community. On this occasion the Ghana embassy has surprisingly and unprecedentedly decided not to support or be part of the 6th March celebrations for unknown reasons. This comes at a time when there has been several complaints regarding how things are done at that embassy, with several instances of alleged abuses of power and victimization of some ordinary Ghanaians whose interests should have been paramount to the mission as well as the arbitrary reductions in student allowances without reasons. Some Ghanaians felt the Government has failed them by its inability to carefully scrutinize well some of the people sent to represent the nation overseas.


Newsline: France ready to relocate embassy in Ghana

France has expressed its readiness to relocate its embassy from the Flagstaff House area as a sign of fostering of stronger bond with Ghana. The French Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Frederic Clavier, said he was in talks with the government of Ghana to identify a suitable place to locate its embassy. He said he had made a proposal to the government of Ghana on the planned relocation, saying “I can tell you I am in a very close contact with Ghanaian authorities and there is absolutely no problem in that direction.” He would not give a timeline but bu said plans were far advanced and the planned relocation would be soon and the agreed location announced.


Newsline: Ghana to open a new embassy in Turkey

President John Dramani Mahama left for Ankara,Turkey as part of a four day official visit to that country. While in Turkey the President is expected to open a new Embassy of Ghana in Ankara, Turkey. The Ghana Mission which started operation in Turkey late last year has been without an official office.