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26.07.2006 Social News

FTC Resumes Sitting On Trial Of Nana Konadu

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FTC Resumes Sitting On Trial Of Nana Konadu
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The Fast Track High Court (FTC) will on Wednesday, resume sitting on the trial of the Former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, and eight others for causing financial loss to the state.

As usual, former President Jerry Rawlings, will accompany his wife Mrs Rawlings to the court.

The case involves the divestiture of the Nsawam Food Cannery to Caridem Company Ltd, a Company Owned by the former First lady's 31st December Movement.

This follows the dismissal of an application by the defendant at an Accra Fast Track Court, seeking stay of proceedings pending the determination of another civil suit associated with the criminal suit.

The Court, presided over by Justice Paul Baffoe-Bonnie, dismissed the application filed by four of the accused persons, including Mrs Rawlings, as unnecessary, further affirming that the Attorney General (AG) should be allowed to exercise the powers granted him under the constitution, such as the power to prosecute.

It is recalled that earlier this year, former President Rawlings accused government of using the courts to terrorize his wife and other opposition figures.

He warned that the practice could undermine the stability of the state.

Meanwhile, the Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Mr Joe Ghartey, in pursuant to Section 59 Act (30) of the Criminal Procedure Code, had withdrawn all the charges against three out of the nine accused persons.

The court had accordingly discharged them.

Those discharged from the charges of causing financial loss to a public property include Georgina Okaiteye, Director/General Manager of Caridem (6th accused), George Mould, Director of Caridem (7th accused) and Larry Adjetey, Director/Secretary of Caridem (8th accused).

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