The Economic and Tax Division of the Accra Substantial Court presided over by Justice Afia Serwah Asare Botwe has issued stern directions to the Member of Parliament of Bawku Central Mahama Ayariga and six many others who are standing demo to find “express permission” from the court docket in advance of they journey outside the house the jurisdiction.
In accordance to the courtroom, the practice in felony matters demands the accused persons to be existing in court anytime the make any difference was named.
She extra that they must occur with correct motion for the courtroom to rule on it and also connect conditions to their travels.
Justice Asare Botwe was reacting to a letter her court has been given from a single of the accused individuals who experienced asked for for his passport – which is with the court docket – to secure Visa to journey after they were being granted bail in the make a difference.
In courtroom on Thursday, the court mentioned, “I obtained a letter from one of the accused folks. ..If any one will be absent give us suitable notice. Never publish to us on the day of the circumstance. If you are an accused individual and want to travel especially those people travelling outside the nation, come for convey authorization by movement and I will give you ailments, if any detail at all.
“This is is not a civil case it is a prison make a difference,” additional.
The courtroom said it “wants to know where by you will be and when you will goand addresses, letters almost everything so that in scenario any person has undesirable suggestions about wherever he is likely, Then Court docket will have an notion the place he is.”
The scenario just before Justice Afia Serwaa Asare Botwe has stayed pending the Supreme Court’s decision of the legitimacy of Martin Amidu to hold the Business office of the Particular Prosecutor (OSP) on April 29, 2020.
Meanwhile, the courtroom has requested the accused folks to report the courtroom 2 times on March 31 and April 30 prior to the apex court’s choice on the locus of Martin Amidu as Specific Prosecutor.
The MP, who has been charged with using his general public office environment for non-public acquire by the Distinctive Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, had earlier urged the court docket to dismiss the situation against him as he questioned the eligibility of Mr Amidu.
The OSP has charged the MP and six other people, such as the latest MCE for Bawku, Hajia Ninchema, for allegedly engaging in procurement breaches.
The 7 accused folks are struggling with 7 counts of conspiracy, abetment, contravention of the course of action for request for quotation, utilizing public workplace for gain and transfer of foreign trade from Ghana by way of an unauthorised seller.
The 7 are alleged to have acted together to import an ambulance with out pursuing thanks procurement method, as stipulated by regulation.
Proceedings have been stayed awaiting the Supreme Courtroom decision.
Two prison circumstances
Ayariga was dragged to court by the Particular Prosecutor, Mr Martin Amidu, in two criminal situations.
In the initially case, Ayariga was accused of using general public business for non-public advantage.
In accordance to the Particular Prosecutor, Ayariga allegedly applied his situation as MP to evade taxes by paying out GH¢6,062.86, alternatively of GH¢36,591.15, to crystal clear some vehicles at the port.
He was billed with four counts of fraudulent evasion of customs responsibilities and taxes, using community business office for personal benefit, working in foreign exchange without having licence and transfer of overseas trade from Ghana by way of an unauthorised vendor.
A next accused particular person, Kendrick Akwasi Marfo, a automobile seller, faces a person depend of fraudulent evasion of customs duties and taxes.
In the second scenario, the Special Prosecutor charged Ayariga, alongside one another with 6 many others, which includes a former Municipal Main Govt for Bawku, Hajia Hawa Ninchema, for allegedly partaking in procurement breaches.
The MCE, Ayariga and five others are going through 7 counts of conspiracy, abetment, contravention of the course of action for ask for for quotation, using community business for financial gain and transfer of overseas exchange from Ghana by way of an unauthorised vendor.
The seven are alleged to have acted jointly.
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