20.04.2005 Crime & Punishment

Sherry Ayittey's fate to be determined on Thursday

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Accra, April 20, GNA - The fate of Hanny Sherry Ayittey, Former Managing Director of the GIHOC Distilleries and two others, who are alleged to have used their positions to influence the Divestiture Implementation Committee (DIC) Board to divest the Ghana Real Estate Estates Limited (GREL) in favour of a French company would be determined by an Accra Fast Track High Court on Thursday, April 21.
Ayittey is standing trial together with Emmanuel Amuzu Agbodo, Former Executive Secretary of DIC and Ralph Casely-Hayford, a Businessman, on charges of corruption.
All three have pleaded not guilty to the various charges and the trial judge, Mr Justice J. C. Amonoo-Monney, Appeal Court Judge handling the case as an additional High Court Judge, has granted each of them a self-recognisance bail.
The FTC fixed the date after the prosecution led by Mr Osafo Sampong, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Defence Team had completed their addresses to close their cases.
The Defence team is made up of Mr David O. Lamptey, Counsel for Ayittey; Mr John-Hanson Senoo and Mr Tony Lithur, jointly representing Agbodo while Mr Rodney Heward-Mills is representing Casely-Hayford. Four persons were initially charged with the offence, but the Court discharged Madam Dorcas Sati Ocran, a Housewife, for lack of evidence against her.
Ayittey, also the Finance and Projects Co-ordinator of the 31st December Women's Movement (DWM), appealed against the decision of the FTC to open her defence.
The trial was adjourned intermittently to enable Ayittey, who occasionally fell sick, to go for medical treatment.

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