Dismissed UK bank official battles for his ‘life’ over Asantehene’s £350,000 cash deposit

Dismissed UK bank official battles for his ‘life’ over Asantehene’s £350,000 cash deposit

- The UK Tribunal is to determine the fate of Mark Arthur by close of business Thursday

- Mark says he has been unfairly treated by his employers in his dismissal

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The United Kingdom's Employment Tribunal is to decide the fate of an official of Ghana International Bank who allegedly deposited £350,000 into the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II's account in UK.

Dismissed UK bank official battles for his ‘life’ over Asantehene’s £350,000 cash

Nana Asantehene, Otumfour Osei Tutu II

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The dismissed bank staff, Mark Arthur is challenging his dismissal, claiming “wrongful dismissal, unfair dismissal and failure to protect a whistleblower.”

A report put up by MyJoyOnline.com indicates that the plaintiff’s fate will be known by close of business on Thursday in UK.

“Today is the final day in court [because] the witnesses have finished giving their evidence”, UK-based ABN radio’s Vincent Owusu Appiah told Joy FM.

The Telegraph in UK dropped a bombshell on Wednesday on the overlord of the Ashanti Kingdom, Nana Asantehene, Otumfour Osei Tutu II.

According to reports, Mr Arthur feels he has been unfairly treated by his employers.

The report added that Mark said that he accepted the £350,000 cash from Asantehene and deposited it into his account without hesitation.

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He added that he first drove home with the money before picking an Uber taxi to the bank to do the transaction.

However, the Ghana International Bank in UK has subsequently dismissed Mark after an investigations by an accounting firm, Grant Thornton found his action to be at variance with anti-money laundering regulations.

But Mr Arthur said he did not follow the rules when he accepted the £350,000 cash from the Asantehene due to his social status.

“Without a policy to follow and without wishing to offend a sovereign of my country, I found myself in a very difficult situation and one I had never been in before,” he told the Tribunal.

Mr Arthur had alleged that the deposit and transfer of the amount was approved by Chief Executive of Ghana International Bank, Joseph Mensah.

However, Mr Mensah has said he “didn’t even have the authority to sanction such a huge amount."

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