Ex-NSS boss’ lawyer accuses prosecutors

The defence counsel of the former National Service Director, Mr. Imoro Alhassan, yesterday accused state prosecutors of unnecessarily delaying the trial.

They said, the continued appeal by the prosecutors for “enough time to complete investigations” amounted to nothing.

The case has suffered five adjournments.

Mr. Dennis Adjei, who held brief for Yoni Kulendi, prayed the court to review the bail condition, arguing that no serious business takes place, each time the accused reports to the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI).

“My Lord, the accused goes there every Wednesday to write his name and no investigations whatsoever, take place thereafter,” Mr. Adjei argued.

Alhaji Imoro was admitted to GH¢10 million bail by the Accra Financial and Tax Division of the Fast Track High Court in November 2014.

He was alleged to have stolen GH¢86.9 million belonging to the state during his tenure as the director of the NSS.

The presiding judge, Justice Georgina Mensah, suggested telephone invitation to the accused by prosecution, any time they needed him but the prosecution opposed it, saying the case is a delicate one and required that the accused be present, as per the bail condition.

The prosecution submitted there were other suspects all over the country and, therefore, the presence of the accused was very material, in the course of investigations.

The defence team waited several hours only for the prosecution to plead for more time, to conduct the investigations.

Ms. Cynthia Lamptey, the prosecutor, did not show up in court but delegated Fred Awimtaot, an Assistant State Attorney, to hold her brief.

The facts of the case are that Alhaji Imoro was indicted by a BNI investigation conducted nationwide, in respect of operations of the NSS.

The investigations revealed that payment of allowances to service personnel between September 2013 and July 2014, were received by non-existing personnel.

It also emerged that NSS PIN numbers were generated at the Headquarters of the Secretariat at the instance of the accused. He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

By Malik Sullemana         

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