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For ten years, a U.S. embassy operated quietly in Accra, the capital of the West African country of Ghana. The facility’s work was discreet because it was run by a criminal network of Ghanaian and Turkish citizens. The embassy wasn’t an embassy at all, but it managed to issue authentic, fraudulently obtained visas and other U.S. documents for a decade. The hitch is that these were in fact authentic documents and were issued by Turkish forgers for an average price of $6,000. The Department of State has not explained how the gang obtained genuine US visas.
None of the altered visas issued at a fake U.S. embassy in West Africa for seven years appears to have been used to enter the United States, the State Department said. State Department spokesman John Kirby said the visas were created from bought, stolen or otherwise illegally obtained passports. U.S. officials this summer discovered and shuttered the fake embassy in Accra, Ghana. However, news reports about the criminal operation began to appear only in the past several weeks, following a Nov. 2 posting on the State Department’s website. The embassy building flew a U.S. flag every morning for three days a week, and inside the building was a picture of President Obama.
A fake US Embassy which has been operating in Ghana for about 10 years has finally been discovered and shut down. It is not clear exactly when that happened, but a joint task force of both Ghanaian and foreign security operatives shut down the fake Embassy operating somewhere in the capital, Accra, according to information published on December 2, 2016 on the website of the US Department of State. Members of an organized crime gang made up of Turkish and Ghanaian citizens operated the fake Embassy in Accra where they flew the American flag on the building every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 7:30am to 12 noon and issued fraudulently obtained, legitimate US visas, counterfeit visas, false identification documents (including bank records, education records, birth certificates, and others) for a cost of $6,000. According to the Department of State, the suspects hanged a photo of President Barack Obama on the wall of the room and targeted mainly citizens of Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, and Togo. That the scam operation didn’t accept walk-in services, but instead they went to the remote parts of West Africa to find customers that they brought to Accra and put in a nearby hotel. During the raid, several suspects were arrested and evidence collected included a laptop computer; smartphones; 150 passports from 10 countries; legitimate and counterfeit visas from the US, the Schengen zone, India, and South Africa; and counterfeit identity documents. While the information did not identify any of the suspects by name, it indicated that a Ghanaian immigration lawyer working with corrupt Ghana law enforcement officers were part of the scam.
Explosive experts in Egypt Sunday defused a bomb that had been planted outside the Embassy of Ghana located in the district of Mohandessin, west of Cairo. According to the Egypt Independent, the explosive experts, notably called the bomb squad, were notified by civilians in the area. No group has claimed responsibility for the attempted bomb attack.
Diplomats scrambled Friday to visit their citizens on death row in Indonesia as authorities made final preparations to haul several foreign drug convicts in front of the firing squad. Indonesia has advised consular officials to go to Nusakambangan — the high-security prison island where executions are carried out — this weekend. Mary Jane Veloso, a Filipino maid, was transferred Friday to Nusakambangan, where she joined death row inmates from Australia, Brazil, France, Nigeria and Ghana. “Indonesian government has ordered all prisoners up for execution with or without pending appeals to be transferred to the island including Mary Jane Veloso,” Philippine foreign affairs spokesman Charles Jose said. The embassies have not been informed of when the group will be executed, with 72-hours notice required by law. Australia, which has two drug traffickers on death row, said it was “gravely concerned” at reports that Indonesia’s attorney-general was pressing ahead with the executions. “Australian officials are planning to attend a meeting with Indonesian counterparts in the near future,” Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs told AFP in a statement Friday morning. France on Thursday accused Indonesia of “serious dysfunction” in its legal system that led to Frenchman Serge Atlaoui being sentenced to death, and said his execution would be “incomprehensible”. A lawyer for Brazilian inmate Rodrigo Gularte told AFP that consular and legal teams for the condemned inmates were heading to Cilacap, the port town nearest the prison island, as soon as possible.
Thieves have raided the Ghana Embassy in Dakar, Senegal. The thieves are reported to have scaled the wall and gone through the windows at the Embassy to ransack the place. Authorities of the Embassy and security services in Dakar have begun investigations into the incident. A senior official at the Embassy has also confirmed the incident.
The Embassy of the Republic of Liberia in Ghana has allayed fears that the country is nearing collapse as a result of the deadly Ebola epidemic. According the the Embassy, the epidemic “is under control” in the country. The Liberian Ambassador to the United States, Jeremiah Sulunteh in an earlier interview with the media, said Liberia was “close to collapse” as a result of the devastating Ebola outbreak. So for over 3,000 affected persons have been killed. But the Charge D’Affairs of the Embassy of the republic of Liberia in Ghana, Musu Ruhle in an interview with Citi News refutted the claims. She indicated that the situation has greatly improved, “There are patients leaving the hospitals now who have been treated and are going home and we have empty beds. Before, two three months ago, there were no beds, but now there are empty beds,” she indicated. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed that health-care officials would need close to six months to tackle the Ebola outbreak in the worsely affected countries – Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.