An Accra Excessive Courtroom has issued a witness summons in opposition to former Minister of Well being, Alex Segbefia and two others on the request of former Deputy Minister of Finance, Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, to testify for him in his ongoing trial earlier than the court docket.
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The opposite two are Seidu Kotomah, former Controller and Accountant Normal and Patrick Nimo, the present Chief Director on the Ministry of Setting, Science, Expertise and Innovation.
Each Mr. Segbefia and Mr. Nimo are to look earlier than the court docket on June 29, 2023, whereas Mr. Kotomah is scheduled to look on July 6.
Dr. Ato Forson, Sylvester Anemana, a former Chief Director on the Ministry of Well being, in addition to non-public businessman, Richard Jakpa, are standing trial for willfully inflicting monetary lack of €2.37 million to the state, by way of a contract to buy 200 ambulances for the Ministry of Well being, amongst different fees.
He was anticipated to name his second witness yesterday however his lawyer, Dr. Abdul Basit Aziz Bamba, advised the court docket that they weren’t capable of safe the attendance of the witness, Mr. Kotomah, to testify.
He stated upon realising that they might not have the ability to have the witness testify in court docket yesterday, they made diligent effort to get different witnesses to look in court docket to testify nevertheless it was unsuccessful.
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He indicated that he approached Alex Mould who has already filed an announcement within the trial to investigate whether or not he could be obtainable however he additionally indicated his lack of ability to take action.
Dr. Bamba advised the court docket he additionally acquired Dr. Forson to speak to different witnesses regardless of the brief discover to get others, however didn’t get a optimistic response.
He, due to this fact, apologised to the court docket and the Lawyer Normal, Godfred Yeboah Dame for the inconvenience.
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Dr. Aziz then moved an software for witness summons in opposition to Mr. Segbefia, Mr. Kotomah and Mr. Nimo to look and testify within the trial, and it was granted.
The court docket ordered Dr. Forson to direct service, and the summons could also be served in digital format through WhatsApp quantity.
Alex Mould and former Minister of Finance, Seth Terkper, could be testifying for Dr. Forson after the three summoned witnesses are finished with their testimonies.
An Accra Excessive Courtroom on March 30, 2023, ordered Dr. Forson and two others to open their defence in a trial by which they’re accused of buying faulty autos as ambulances for the Ministry of Well being.
The primary challenge raised in the course of the prosecution’s case was whether or not the faulty autos have been bought in accordance with the acquisition settlement permitted by Parliament.
The opposite was whether or not Dr. Forson was authorised by the substantive Finance Minister or any superior officer to put in writing a letter to the Controller and Accountant Normal directing the institution of irrevocable Letters of Credit score (LCs) which led to the funds.
The Lawyer Normal (AG), in a written submission to determine the prosecution’s case, asserted that Dr. Forson was criminally reckless in not making certain that the phrases of the settlement have been adhered, and that resulted within the establishment of the legal case in opposition to him.
Dr. Forson, in his submission, argues that he wrote the letter on behalf of the then substantive Minister of Finance, Seth Terkper. The AG disagrees with the assertion and argues that the letters have been written with no authorisation from any quarters.
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