- The former government officials have finally been charged by court over the financial loss
- All the accused persons are to reappear in court January 9, 2018 for a full trial
The President Akufo-Addo led New Patriotic Party administration has dragged the former Director-General of the National Communications Authority (NCA), Mr William Matthew Tetteh Tevie, and four others to court for willfully causing financial loss to the state.
The former National Democratic Congress (NDC), appointees have been charged with various counts over the loss of about $4million to the state.
Mr Tevie, Eugene Baddoe-Bonnie, a former Board Chairman, Nana Owusu-Ensaw, Alhaji Salifu Mimina Osman and George Derek Oppong have all been accused of engaging in violations in procurement processes against casing the huge loss to the state.
The five former officials are facing four counts of conspiracy to wilfully cause financial loss to the state, wilfully causing financial loss to the state and conspiracy to steal.
The five officials have also been accused of acting jointly to misapply $4 million belonging to the state.
Mr Goorge Derek Oppong is also facing an additional count of dishonestly appropriating $3 million, while the former NCA boss William Tevie has been charged with an additional count of using public office to profit from $150,000 cash.
Owusu-Ensaw on the other hand is also facing an additional count of using public office to profit from $550,000, whiles Osman is facing a count of using public office to profit from $70,000.
Oppong faces a charge of using public office to gain from $2 million while Baffoe-Bonnie, Tevie and Osman have been charged with contravention of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 662).
Baffoe-Bonnie, Tevie and Osman are facing an additional count of money laundering to the tune of $200,000.
Mr Tevie faces an additional count of laundering $150,000 while Owusu Ensaw and Osman have been charged with one count each of laundering $550,000 and $70,000 respectively.
Oppong has also been charged with two counts of laundering $3million while Baffoe-Bonnie, Tevie, Owusu-Ensaw and Osman have been charged with one count of intentionally misapplying $4 million.
According to Graphiconline.com report, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Ms Gloria Afua Akuffo, read the facts related to the case said Baffoe-Bonnie, Oppong and Osman pleaded not guilty to the charges. Tevie and Ensaw were absent in court.
The court, presided over by Mr Justice Eric Kyei-Baffour, granted each of the accused persons $1 million bail with three sureties.
The court also directed all the suspects to surrender their passports to the Registrar of the Court.
Lawyers for the accused persons are Mr Thaddeus Sory, Mr Samuel Codjoe, Mr Agbesi Dzakpasu, Mr Kwadwo Yankson and Mr Sarfo Buabeng.
All the accused are to reappear on January 9, 2018.
The report explaining the facts of the case said Baffoe-Bonnie, Tevie, Osman, a former Deputy National Security Coordinator, were allegedly aided by a private citizen, Oppong , to engage in the act.
According to the state, the previous administration had contracted an Israeli company, NSO Group Technology Limited, to supply listening equipment at a cost of $6 million to enable the authorities to monitor conversations of persons suspected to be engaged in terror activities.
A local agent, Infraloks Development Limited, was also charging $2 million to facilitate the transaction, bring the total sum to $8 million.
The facts stated that the National Security did not have the money to fund the transaction and that reason, the NCA, which has supervisory jurisdiction over the use of such equipment, was asked to fund the project.
It said an amount of $4 million was withdrawn from the accounts of the NCA and $1 million out of the withdrawn amount deposited into the accounts of the Israeli company.
According to the state, the remaining $3 million was lodged in the accounts of George Oppong, who acted as a representative of the local agents, Infraloks Development Ltd. Osman is alleged to have fronted for the entire deal.
The accused persons later laundered the amount for their private benefit.
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