AN Accra Financial and Tax High Court has set June 19, to rule on an application of “no case” brought before it by counsel for the two accused persons in the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Authority (GYEEDA), case.
The two persons currently facing trial for allegedly defrauding the State of GH¢4.1 million, are Abuga Pele, former GYEEDA Co-ordinator and Philip Assibit, Managing Director of Goodwill International Group.
The State yesterday closed its case after counsel for the two accused persons had concluded their cross-examination of the seventh prosecution witness in the case.
The counsel argued that the payments made were justified by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and that the two accused persons did nothing wrong to be incriminated.
That was however opposed by the witness, Mrs. Dina Adu Anane, an investigator from the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), who contended that the payments were made in respect of the recommendation letter written by Assibit, which stated that work had been completed per their contract.
She said as a result of that letter, the state paid them for no work done.
After the cross-examination had ended, Principal State Attorney, Mrs. Evelyn Keelson, told the court there would be no re-examination of the witness and that they had closed their case.
With the prosecution closing its case, the accused persons are to open their defence.
However, counsel for the accused persons argued that the various charges against their clients and evidence adduced by the prosecution did not implicate them, and therefore, there was no need for them to be called to open their defence.
They told the court they were not prepared to open their defence, and would file for an application of “no case”.
The court, presided over by Mrs. Efia Serwa-Botwe upheld their stand and urged them to file a written submission of “no case” by 3 p.m. on May 15.
She also ordered the State to file its response to the application by June 5; three weeks upon receipt, and set 9 a.m. of June 19, for ruling on the application.
During the last sitting, Mrs Anane, the investigator from EOCO, said Philip Assibit, forged the signature and letterhead of the Management Development and Productive Institute (MDPI), to make claims of a non-existent contract and agreement between him and the agency.
She said apart from the oil and gas training Assibit’s firm, Goodwill International Group provided, for which GH¢8 million was claimed, all other agreements were fiascos.
By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme