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01.12.2006 General News

Ghana Sued

By Ababio, Akwasi
Ghana Sued
LISTEN DEC 1, 2006

Sky Jet, a Belgian Company has dragged the Government of Ghana to court and is asking Ghana to pay her as much as $35 million dollars. The case of the company is that the Government of Ghana has an obligation to pay $35 million owed it by the liquidated Ghana Airways because on September 15, 2004, the then Minister of Roads and Transport wrote a letter to guarantee Ghana Airways's indebtedness.
The letter from Dr. Richard Anane read in part: “The Government of Ghana (GoG), the sole shareholder in Ghana Airways Limited (GIA) has expressed its intention to assume the liabilities of the airline including all known and unknown debts as at 31st August, 2004.”

Sky Jet is being represented in the case by the law firm of Mr Sam Okudzeto, a former President of the Ghana Bar Association and a leading Attorney.

Ghana Airways allegedly incurred the debt from hiring aircrafts from Sky Jet. It is still not clear if Mr Anane sought the approval of cabinet in extending the guarantee to Sky Jet.

It would be interesting to find out if the Attorney General was consulted before the guarantee was issued to Sky Jet.

If Mr Anane had not issued what Sky Jet claims to amount to a guarantee, the liabilities of Ghana Airways would have been limited to the value of their assets.

Under the current circumstances, Sky Jet is claiming that it can compel the Government of Ghana to pay the full indebtedness of Ghana Airways to it.

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