Nationality of Simpson-Kent should be of concern to Ghana government-Lawyer

The nationality of a British fugitive who was arrested in Ghana should be a matter of concern to the Ghanaian government, a Private Legal Practitioner has said.

According to Lawyer Yaw Oppong, the extradition process should be different if Arthur Simpson Kent who is wanted for the murder of his partner and two children in UK, is a Ghanaian and not a dual national.

“My information is that he only travels on Ghanaian passport. In other words, he is a Ghanaian and that should be a matter of concern,” he told Joy News.

Simpson-Kent is suspected to be behind the murder of EastEnders star Sian Blake and her two children Zachary, eight, and Amon, four.

Blake and her children had been missing for three weeks. She was known to have suffered from motor neurone disease.

Zachary and Amon

Forty-eight-year old Simpson-Kent fled to Ghana days after British police spoke to him about the disappearance of Blake and the two children shortly before Christmas.

Bodies of Blake and her two sons were later discovered in the garden of their home in Erith, south-east London.

According to reports, initial postmortem examinations showed they died from head and neck injuries.

On Thursday January 7, 2016, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters of the Ghana police Service received a request from the National Crime Agency (NCA), through INTERPOL Manchester and British High Commission, Accra for assistance to arrest Arthur Simpson-Kent.

On Friday January 8, 2016, police detectives arrived in the Western Region and in the early hours of Saturday, January 9, 2016, arrested Sipson-Kent “from a thicket near Butre where he was hiding.”

Among some items found on him were a passport, credit card and national insurance card.

Subsequently, he was put before court to be extradited to the UK to face justice but in a dramatic twist Tuesday, his lawyers told the court he wanted a voluntarily extradition.

This according to Lawyer Yaw Oppong has sped up Arthur’s extradition process because there was no objection raised to the extradition.

“I know some foreigners who have been in Ghanaian cells for six months, awaiting extradition to their countries,” he stated.

But he adds that Simpson travelling with a Ghanaian pasport pre-suggests that he is a Ghanaian and not a dual citizen as being put out.

He says if his information is correct, then his prosecution should be dependent on the extradition pact between Ghana and the United Kingdom.

“If he is a Ghanaian then where he wants to be tried is not his discretion, it is based on the agreement between the two countries and if the agreement is that if a Ghanaian commits an offence within the UK for instance then the Ghana government is bound to extradite him to be tried, [then so be it] Lawyer Oppong explained.

Story by| Akosua Asiedua Akuffo| [email protected]

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