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01.02.2006 Crime & Punishment

Angel cream soap industry petitions Chief Justice

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Kumasi, Feb 01, GNA - Angel Cream Soap Industry Limited, one of the companies forming the Angel Group of Companies in Kumasi, has petitioned the Chief Justice over the judgement of a Kumasi circuit court in a case involving the company and three of its employees. The company said it was dissatisfied with the judgement given by Mr Ernest Yao Obimpeh who presided over the case and has therefore asked the Chief Justice to look into the case.

The petition addressed to the Chief Justice and signed by Dr Kwaku Obeng, Managing Director of the company, said the action of the judge was detrimental and a disincentive to the growth of the private sector.

It said the three employees, Mr Kwaku Gyan, a driver, Mr John Marfo, also a driver and Mr Daniel Oduro, a conductor, were put before the court for siphoning fuel of the company for sale to Mr Ayuba Mohammed, a private fuel dealer and Abubakari Ahmed, a vulcaniser in Kumasi.

The case, the statement said, was reported to the Suame police who arrested the culprits and sent them to the circuit court where they initially pleaded not guilty but later changed their pleas to guilty. The petition said following their own pleas, the court fined them 600,000 cedis each or in default to serve 12 months jail term each without awarding compensation to the company.

This, the statement said, the company found unacceptable and dissatisfied with.

The company said it has another case pending before the same judge that been running over the past three years. The company said it was based on this that he had petitioned the Chief Justice.