The lawyer for the nominated Minister of Tourism, Catherine Afeku has made clarification statements that his client was never convicted for fraud as alleged by some individuals and the media.
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Lawyer Godfred Dame, however confirmed that Mrs. Afeku and her husband, were involved in a court case in 2007, but it was a civil lawsuit filed by an American couple, as evidenced by public records.
But he insisted that “there has not been any judgment whatsoever by any court of competent jurisdiction in Ghana, or anywhere in the world convicting Catherine Afeku of fraud or any other criminal offence.
“The case between the Americans was a civil one; a civil one instituted by them in 2005 and Judgment was given by the commercial division of the High Court in 2007. The Judgments were for the specific reliefs of the recovery of the sum of $217,000. That is not a criminal offence; is it?” he asked.
He further noted that, fraud is a criminal offence prosecuted by the Attorney General’s office, saying that in this case, “there has not been a prosecution by the Attorney General.”
Catherine Afeku, Member of Parliament for Evalue Ajomoro-Gwira in the Western Region, has been nominated as the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, but a group calling itself the Truth and Accountable Governance (TAG), has petitioned Parliament’s Appointments Committee to reject her because she was once found guilty fraud.
Giving some background to the civil suit, Mr. Dame explained that, “Catherine Afeku and the Americans entered into some business transactions, the object of which was to incorporate a company in Ghana. The Americans, who claimed to have an interest in the company, were not satisfied with certain payments that were made, and it was specifically in relation to that the action was filed.”