A witness in the the case of 35 former employees of the National Service Scheme (NSS) implicated in an alleged massive fraud of the scheme underwent an in-camera hearing on Monday by the Economic and Financial Court.
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This was after the court upheld prosecution’s prayer that, the witness who was to testify had received various threats on his life, hence want the witness evidence to be heard in camera.
The principal State Attorney, Mrs. Marina Appiah-Opare, asked the court for such special circumstances as the witness was “an undercover and an officer of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI).”
She explained that the BNI operative has received life-threatening messages from several people since the beginning of the investigations.
However, Mr Egbert Faibille Junior, one of the defence counsels vehemently opposed to the in camera hearing saying prosecution’s application was needless.
He noted that the matter was a criminal one and as such prosecution’s application should have been brought before the court on notice.
The court, presided over by Mrs. Georgina Mensah-Datsa overruled defence counsel’s application. The court then proceeded to ask all journalists covering the hearing to exit the hall for the in-camera meeting to commence.
Alhaji Imoro Alhassan, Ex-Executive Director of NSS is standing trial with 34 other persons implicated in an alleged massive fraud at the Scheme.
Alhaji Imoro is facing an additional charge of “giving bribe to influence a public officer.”