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Canadian official dead after night of alleged 'drugs and sex' in Ghana

Darrell Prokopetz

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DAVID AKIN | PARLIAMENTARY BUREAU CHIEF

OTTAWA - A Canadian government bureaucrat is dead after a night of "hot sex and drugs" in a four-star hotel in the capital of the West African country of Ghana, a newspaper there reports.

Back in Ottawa, officials were being tight-lipped about the circumstances under which Darrell Prokopetz, 54, died.

Prokopetz was a project director with the Canada School of Public Service, the federal organization that trains civil servants.

Government officials in Ottawa could not say Monday what Prokopetz was doing in the Ghanian capital of Accra, but The Daily Guide Ghana newspaper reported that Prokopetz was rushed to hospital on Jan. 30 "in an unconscious state after an alleged overdose of cocaine, liquor and sex."

The newspaper did not say how it came to learn of the booze and the drugs but it did refer to an anonymous source who had seen security camera tapes at the high-end Golden Tulip Hotel where Prokopetz was staying that showed Prokopetz "chaperoning two beautiful girls separately into his hotel room."

The newspaper reported that Prokopetz was part of a delegation led by International Trade Minister Ed Fast but John Babcock, an Ottawa-based spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), said that report was false and that the individual who died had nothing to do with Fast's delegation.

Fast, a buttoned-down MP from Abbotsford, BC, was in Nigeria and Ghana from Jan. 27 to Feb. 1 leading a business delegation which included representatives from Bombardier, Corvus Energy, Magellan Aerospace and more than two dozen other Canadian firms.

Fast met Ghanian President John Dramani Mahama in Accra on Jan. 31, the day after Prokopetz died.

Babcock, though, would not even confirm the identify of the "Canadian citizen" who died. And neither Babock nor other government officials contacted by QMI Agency Monday night could say what Prokopetz' was up to in Ghana.

His online obituary says Prokopetz spent 34 years in the public service "and was proud to represent the Government of Canada in his numerous travels around the world."

He grew up in Humboldt, SK, and lived in Saskatoon and Washington, DC. Most recently, he had been a project director for "international service delivery" with the Canada School of Public Service.

 

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