Myjoyonline.com can confirm that the two vintage Mercedes Benz cars said to cost $3.2 million and smuggled into the country, belongs to a prominent Accra-based businessman.
The businessman, name withheld, for now, bought the cars from Stuttgart in Germany, it has emerged.
The businessman is claiming an agent contracted to ship the vehicles to Ghana, rather smuggled them into the country through an unapproved route at Ghana’s southern town of Aflao in the Volta Region without the required customs documents.
The luxurious vehicles; Mercedes Benz 300 SL, (white colour) which costs about $1.8 million and Mercedes Benz 190 SL, black [$1.4 million], did not have the required documentation covering their importation into the country.
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Lawyers for the businessman are claiming they petitioned the Customs Division after the vehicles were impounded in Aflao but they are yet to receive a response from the authorities concerned.
The businessman in question also claimed to have followed up with a meeting with the Aflao Sector Commander, but the Commander, Frank Ashong has denied the claim, saying “no one has showed up” for a discussion about the cars in question.
Meanwhile, there are indications that the owner intends to fight every attempt to auction the vehicles locally but would rather prefer they are shipped back to the originating country if authorities refused to release them to him.
He also denies the claim that he told security personnel one of the vehicles was to be given to President Akufo-Addo when he was interrogated.
The vehicles are currently being held by the National Security as investigations continue.