- The convicted British teenage girls have been released on Thursday morning after serving a year's jail term in the Ghanaian capital Accra.
Yasemin Vatansever and Yatunde Diya, who both turned 17, hailed from North London. They are believed to be descendants of immigrants from Cyprus and Nigeria.
The teenagers's one-year sentence resulted after they were convicted on being in possession of two laptop computer bags containing some 6 kilograms of cocaine at Kotoka airport in Accra. The drugs, worthed about £300,000, were discovered as the teens attempted to board a British Airways flight to London.
They were reported to have duped their parents that they were going to France for a school trip only to be arrested in Ghana on 2 July.
The teens maintained their innocence throughout the trial, claiming to have been set up to carry the illegal substance to the United Kingdom. This claim was vehemently denied by prosecution that insisted that the girls were deeply involved in the illegal smuggling from the start.
In recent times, West Africa has earned a name for being a new trafficking point for drug traffickers.
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