Court Grants Aguddey Stay Of Execution

AGUDEY---CPPAn Accra Fast Track High Court on Friday   granted an application of stay of execution brought before it by Mr. George Aguddey, the 2004 presidential candidate of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) against the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT).

The court presided over by Justice Utter Paul Dery, ruled that the stay of execution, restricting SSNIT from taking over property of Mr. Aguddey to offset his GH¢2,635,161.90 indebtedness to the trust, be upheld until the court begin hearing an appeal filed against SSNIT by Mr. Aguddey.

By the appeal, the court will determine whether or not a judgment passed by an Accra district court which sentenced Mr. Aguddey to three months imprisonment and ordered him to pay his debt forthwith be annulled or executed.

Justice Dery has therefore, given both parties two weeks to settle records pending the appeal.

Mr. Aguddey, who was clad in a cream top and down wear, looked very elated after the ruling and was met joyously by sympathisers who saw him off to his car.

The application for a stay of execution was filed by Mr. Aguddey, who is also the Chief Executive of Gocrest Security Company Limited, at the Fast Track High Court in November, last year.

He prayed the court to restrict SSNIT from taking over his property as ordered by an Accra district court.

The lead counsel for SSNIT, Mr. Akoto Bafour, disputed the grounds on which Mr.. Aguddey had brought the application before the court.

He prayed the court to uphold the judgment and compel Mr. Aguddey to pay his indebtedness to the Trust but counsel for Mr. Aguddey, Mr. Kwaku Ansa- Asare disagreed and argued that figures on the indebtedness were yet to be reconciled in a pending appeal.

Mr. Aguddey’s appeal is challenging the judgment of the district court last September 14 which pronounced three months’ imprisonment on him for failing to pay his workers’ Social Security contributions totalling GH¢2,635,161.90.

The court further ordered him to pay all his indebtedness in addition to a fine of GH¢ 6,000 or in default, serve an additional 18 months in jail.

Few minutes after the judgment, Mr. Aguddey fell unconscious and was taken to the Police Hospital in Accra where he received treatment for a number of days before his lawyer, Kwabena Baiden went to the High Court to attempt to annul his conviction.

His plea was accepted on health grounds at a court hearing where Mr. Aguddey appeared in person with clutches.

A weeks later, he filed an application for a stay of execution at the same court but the application was thrown out. He is now seeking redress at the Fast Track High Court. By Charles Amankwa  


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