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15.07.2005 Crime & Punishment

Court adjourns case of Judges and Registrar

By GNA

Accra, July 15, GNA - An Accra High Court on Friday fixed July 27 for the hearing of the case in which two Judges and a Court Registrar have been accused of conspiring to steal 115.18 million cedis. The money was part of interest that accrued from money paid to the Ketu High Court at Denu by the Great Lakes Company.

The accused persons are Justice Edward Mensah Boateng, a High Court Judge now on interdiction, Jacob Dickson Owusu, a Former Senior High Court Registrar in-charge of the Denu Court at the time of the incident and Justice Michael Kwasi Woanyah, a retired High Court Judge, whose last station was Denu.

When the case was called, Mrs Gertrude Aikins, Chief State Attorney, told the Court presided over by Mrs Avil Anim-Boateng that the investigator in the case was indisposed and could not, therefore, send the accused persons from Denu to Court.

As a result, there were no formal proceedings on the case. The facts of the case and charges preferred against the accused persons were not read.

The Ghana News Agency was, however, reliably told that two parties were litigating over a parcel of land being used as a quarry by the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company and Justice Boateng, who was the judge in that case, ordered the Company to pay an amount of 50,754.94 dollars to the Court to be held in trust for whoever would emerge as the owner of the land.

The Company consequently made the payment to the then Senior Registrar of the Court.

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