17.08.2009 General News

Court seizes passports of Asabee, wife

By myjoyonline
Former Information Minister Stephen Asamoah Boateng and wife, ZuleikaFormer Information Minister Stephen Asamoah Boateng and wife, Zuleika
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An Accra Fast Track High Court has ordered former Information Minister Stephen Asamoah Boateng and his wife Zuleika to present their traveling passports to the state.

The court presided over by Justice Charles Quist issued the instruction, insisting that the couple had on two occasions attempted to travel while under investigations.

Nine persons including former deputy Information Minister Frank Agyekum face 14 fresh charges – including conspiracy to commit criminal offense, forgery of official document and attempt to defraud the state – after nine earlier criminal charges preferred against them had been dropped.

According to Joy FM's Sammy Darko who was in court the prosecution dropped all nine earlier charges against the accused.

The charges are in connection with the award of a contract at the Information Ministry for the renovation of some offices, which current Information Minister Okudzeto Ablakwa has described as shoddy.

The court admitted the defendants to a bail in the sum of GH¢10,000 each.

They include Kwabena Denkyira, a former Director of Finance; Dominic Yaw Sarpong, Director of Finance at the Information Ministry and his deputy Kofi Asamoah.

The rest are Jasmin Damoah, manageress of Flexiform Ventures, the company that was awarded the contract; and Prosper Aku, an official of Supreme Procurement Limited, the company that allegedly forged procurement documents.

Mr Frank Agyekum is standing trial for signing a letter for the release of an amount in excess of GH¢86,000 to Flexiform Ventures when he was aware "due process" was not followed in awarding the contract.

Mrs Asamoah Boateng is also said to have taken a contract for a project on which she had no technical know-how. She is alleged to have secured business documents from her cousin Yasmin to get the contract.

The court has meanwhile adjourned hearing to August 27.

Story by Fiifi Koomson/