A court in Ghana released two men on bail on Monday pending a trial on charges that they conspired to import nearly 6 tonnes of cocaine from Bolivia in what is one of the biggest recorded seizures of drugs linked to West Africa. A circuit court judge in Accra ordered businessmen Alexander Kofi Baah and Shahad Iddrisu freed on payment of 50,000 Ghana cedis ($13,000) bail each until the trial begins on April 30, said their lawyers Ellis Owusu-Fordwouh and Jerry Avenorgbo. Owusu-Fordwouh said he expected the charges against the businessmen to be dropped for lack of evidence. West Africa is a significant transit zone for Latin American cocaine bound for Europe.
A bomb exploded in front of the Spanish embassy in the Libyan capital late on Monday, residents said, the latest in a string of attacks on foreign missions in the North African country. Spain's El Mundo newspaper said nobody had been hurt as Spain, like most Western and Arab countries, had pulled out its diplomats in summer during weeks of heavy fighting between rival armed groups in Tripoli. Militants loyal to Islamic State have claimed a string of killings of foreigners as well as attacks on embassies and oilfields in Libya. Libya's internationally recognized government has been based in the east since a rival faction called Libya Dawn seized Tripoli in August, setting up a rival administration.