This Ghanaian MBA Student Has Been Detained In Ukraine For An Alleged Attempt To Bribe An Airport Official

Ishmael Toff-Mensah

An MBA student of the University of Ghana Business School, Ishmael Toff-Mensah is reportedly under arrest in Ukraine after an immigration official in that country accused him of attempted bribery.

Ishmael, who had travelled to the European country in July ostensibly to deliver supplies to his nephew who is studying Medicine in the country, was detained after a question and answer session with airport authority to ascertain his purpose of traveling to the country.

In a media interview, Ishmael’s family member said airport authority in Kiev, Ukraine’s capital, did not understand why Ishmael who was traveling on a tourist Visa would be traveling with a lot of luggage.

Ishmael Toff-Mensah
Ishmael in a presentation during an MBA class

With a language barrier hindering an effective communication between Ishmael and the Ukrainian authorities, he was reportedly then accused of bribing an airport official when Ishmael was showing them the money he was carrying on him after he assumed that the airport official had asked to see whether he had money.

According to the family member, Ishmael has already been arraigned once and his case has been adjourned to 12th September since the trial judge has gone on holidays.

Now languishing in what is believed to be an Ukrainian military prison, Ishmael is being fed with only bread and sugar solution, his family member claims.

Meanwhile the family is also not pleased with the lack of the sense of urgency the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration is treating the case.

According to the family member, they hope the Ghanaian government will expedite efforts to get their brother out of the Ukrainian prison, especially when this incident has taken a toll on Ishmael’s mother, who is now on admission at the hospital.

The Ministry claims it is pursuing the case with the help of Switzerland, which continues to maintain diplomatic relations with Ukraine – a country that is still fighting a civil war with Russian backed rebels.

For Ishmael’s family, a swift resolution of what is a major misunderstanding would be much appreciated.

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