Ex-NSS boss’ GH¢86.9m fraud case adjourned to April 21

Alhaji Alhassan Mohammed Imoro,former  Executive Director,National Service Scheme (17)An Accra Fast Track High Court on Thursday adjourned the case involving Alhaji Alhassan Mohammed Imoro, former boss of the National Service Scheme (NSS), to April 21, for the prosecution to conclude its investigations. 

The Tax and Financial Division of the High Court,  adjourned the case after the State, represented by Assistant State Attorney Fred Awindaogo, prayed the court for adjournment to allow the prosecution to complete its investigations.

The State Attorney said the prosecution needed more time to gather enough evidence before commencing trial, saying the complicated nature of the case had compelled it (prosecution) to ask for more time to be able to complete investigations into the matter.

He said it is justice the office is seeking and not conviction, and that underlined why it is not in a hurry to start proceedings, so that it would not put the court in suspense in the middle of the trial.

“This is the more reason why we ask for a long adjournment so that the accused person will not complain of having to come to court and go all the time,” he stated.

Mr. Samuel A. Jinapor, representing the defence counsel team, said the State was not to convict but to grant justice, and so if the State did not have any evidence against the accused person, he should be freed.

He said the accused person was arraigned on October 2014,   and wondered why trial had not started after six months.

Mr Jinapor prayed the court that even as his team was obliging the prosecution and the adjournment, the team wanted to draw the court’s attention to the delay in starting   the trial.

He also prayed the court to review the bail conditions of his client, from reporting at the BNI once in a week to once in a month or the police inviting his client at any point they needed him to assist in investigations.

The court ,presided over by Mrs. Justice Georgina Mensah-Datsa, however,  refused to grant the plea by the defence counsel,  and maintained the bail conditions, but urged that both parties should co-operate  so that by the next adjourned date they would know whether they were ready to start or not.

She said those were issues of people’s rights and both sides must take keen interest to ensure that everything goes well.

At the last sitting, the case was adjourned following the prosecution’s plea for a short adjournment to allow it to complete its investigations, citing the complicated nature of the case, compelling it to ask for more time to complete investigations before commencing the trial.

Imoro has pleaded not guilty to the charge of stealing GH¢86.9 million belonging to the Government of Ghana through the payment of “ghosts” or non-existing service personnel.

 

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