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23.04.2007 General News

Abodakpi’s appeal adjourned indefinitely

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An appeal filed by Daniel Kwasi Abodakpi, the jailed former Minister of Trade and Industry, was on Monday adjourned sine die (indefinite) by the Court of Appeal.

The adjournment was after a member of the panel, Mr Justice Anin Yeboah, had informed his colleagues that he was among a panel which earlier ruled on Abodakpi's submission of no case at the same court.

The Court said to ensure fairness on the appeal the panel would have to be reconstituted.

Other members on the panel are Mr Justice B.T. Aryeetey (Presiding) and Mrs Justice Henrietta Abban.

Abodakpi's counsel, Mr Charles Hayibor also informed the Court that he had not been served with any hearing notices and the record of proceedings.

“If I had been served with the hearing notices, I would have gone for the record of proceedings myself,” Mr Hayibor said.

A Fast Track High Court in Accra last Thursday struck out an application filed by Abodakpi, which prayed the court to admit him to a bail pending an appeal against his 10-year jail term.

Abodakpi who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Keta was convicted and sentenced on February 5, this year by the Fast Track High Court, which found him guilty of seven counts of conspiracy and willfully causing ¢2.73 billion financial loss to the State.

The convict was standing trial with the late Victor Selormey, former Deputy Finance Minister. The trial lasted for 29 months.

Source: GNA