- Sam George has said that government owes Ibrahim Mahama over GHC 24 million
- A lawyer and NPP sympathizer has questioned the credibility of Sam George to defend Mr Mahama
- He believes that the government should do more than fine Mr Mahama, and include a jail sentence
Kwame Adofo, a private legal practitioner has said that the member of parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam George has no credible grounds on which he defends the brother of former president John Mahama, Ibrahim Mahama.
The lawyer, in an interview with Ultimate FM, argued that Sam George already has a number of strikes against him, in terms of ethical conduct.
Lawyer Adofo noted that even though Ibrahim has been ordered to pay over GHC 12 million to offset the debts incurred through unpaid tax duties on his imported goods, he should also be prosecuted and jailed for his conduct.
He believes that a jail sentence for Ibrahim Mahama, will serve as a deterrent to officials to ensure that such actions are never repeated.
Kwame Adofo further debunked the protests by the National Democratic Congress, who have described the investigation of Ibrahim Mahama as 'witch hunting' of former government officials.
Mr Adofo believes that as Ghana is a democratic state, there exists no such thing as witch-hunting, since there is a just judicial system where persons suspected of crimes are given the benefit of the doubt until the prosecution finds them guilty.
Kwame Adofo's comments come in the wake of the tax default scandal involving the brother of former president John Mahama, Ibrahim Mahama.
Following a statement by the Ghana Revenue Authority, in which Ibrahim Mahama had been accused of issuing 4 dud cheques to pay for the duties on goods for two companies owned by him after their arrival at the Tema Port.
The Economic and Organized Crime Office followed up with an investigation (still ongoing) into the CEO of Engineers and Planners company (as well as MBG Ltd and Holman Brothers Ltd) and the charges of tax default. The agency invited Mr Ibrahim to their headquarters for questioning, and he was allegedly interrogated for close to 8 hours.
However, the GRA has come out to deny requesting assistance from EOCO, to help in probing the issue of the 44 dud cheques issued to them by Mr Ibrahim Mahama.
According to them, they have their own internal mechanisms for handling such cases, and have since ordered Mr Mahama to pay GHC 12.7 million to the Authority, or the state will auction off his goods to offset the debts he has incurred.
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