The Chinese woman who was arrested for possessing large quantities of Rosewoods in the Northern Region have accused the police of attempting to extort money from her.
Helen Hyuan who was arrested on Monday May 6 2019 at a police checkpoint in Datoyili, an outskirt suburb on the Tamale Kintampo highway, with four containers all together loaded on two heavy trucks said the police demanded a bribe of 8 thousand Ghana cedis which she could not afford, hence her arrest.
She told reporters that had she been able to pay the bribe, she would have been left off the hook because that is what she was told by the police when she was arrested.
“When we got to the barrier the policemen were demanding money,” she said, while investigators whisked away. And because the negotiation was not allowed that’s why they sent me here. Each Container, they were demanding GH2,000” she revealed.
Meanwhile the police said the Chinese woman could not produce a single paper work permitting her stay and doing business in Ghana.
The consignments together with the Chinese suspect have been detained at the regional headquarters as further investigations are underway.
She has since been preliminary charged with possessing banned forestry products.