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Update: Did Ghanaian-Belgian die from drug overdose in Japan?

By Wanderer, Jul 30, 2010 | Updated: Jul 30, 2010 | | |
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    A Ghanaian-Belgian man who died suddenly at a Japanese airport this week was smuggling a package of drugs in his stomach that probably burst, a diplomatic source said on Friday.

    The 55-year-old, whose name was being withheld, had arrived at Osaka's Kansai International Airport on Sunday from Ghana via Dubai carrying a valid Belgian passport.

    Upon arrival the man, who looked in poor health, requested a wheelchair, local media reported. After he refused to explain his visit to Japan, airport officials led him away for further questioning.

    On Tuesday, an immigration official said: "He was not cooperative and suddenly ran away from the office. As we caught him, he became limp. He was sent to a nearby hospital, and his death was confirmed there."

    An autopsy revealed that he had died of a drug overdose, the diplomatic source told AFP.

    "It is a classical case where packages containing illegal substances explode or crack open inside the stomach. The drug is currently being analysed," the source added.

    The man was carrying valid Belgian and Ghanaian passports, according to police, who said he lived in Belgium with his family.

    His body will be sent back to Belgium with his personal belongings after the investigation.

    Japan has some of the toughest drug laws in the developed world, and consumption and trafficking are usually punished with lengthy jail terms.


    Staff Reporter
    AFP
    July 30, 2010 - 4:44PM
    The Sydney Morning Herald


    http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-world/man-died-from-drugs-in-stomach-source-20100730-10zff.html

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    Did Ghanaian-Belgian die from drug overdose in Japan?

    [IMGL="white"]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=15839&stc=1&d=1280494310[/IMGL]The Ghanaian-Belgian man who died in Japan last Sunday shortly after arriving from Ghana is suspected to have died from drug overdose, the AFP reports, citing an unnamed diplomatic source.

    The AFP suggests that the man, 55-year-old Kwadwo Akyereko and resident of Antwerp in Belgium “was smuggling a package of drugs in his stomach that probably burst.”

    Akyereko who Ghana Embassy sources in Japan tell ghanabusinessnews.com was born in Kumasi according to the details in both his Belgian and Ghanaian passports died at Kansai Airport in Osaka when he tried to run away from immigration officials who were questioning him to know the purpose of his visit to Japan. The deceased was carrying valid Belgian and Ghanaian passports.

    The autopsy report on the body has not yet been officially released but ghanabusinessnews.com sources in Belgium also suspect he could be carrying drugs.

    The unnamed diplomatic source also told the AFP that an autopsy revealed that he had died of a drug overdose.

    “It is a classical case where packages containing illegal substances explode or crack open inside the stomach. The drug is currently being analysed,” the source added.

    Sources in Belgium who knew the deceased told ghanabusinessnews.com that he was an active member of the Ewe Multicultural International Community (EMIC) in that country and served in an elected position as its Welfare Officer.

    One source described him as “very faithful, respectful and helpful.”


    Emmanuel K. Dogbevi
    Reporter
    Page last updated: Friday, July 30, 2010 12:12 PM
    Ghana Business News


    http://www.ghanabusinessnews.com/2010/07/30/did-ghanaian-belgian-die-from-drug-overdose-in-japan/
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