Mahama Ayariga to challenge Special Prosecutor’s order in court

Mahama Ayariga

Mahama Ayariga

Mr Mahama Ayariga, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bawku Central, has served notice that he will challenge in court, Special Prosecutor’s (SP) request to Mobile Telecommunications Network (MTN) to provide call records of him and an officer of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).

The lawmaker said he had instructed his lawyers accordingly.

His comment comes on the back of a court order on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 directed at the Managing Director of MTN to furnish the Special Prosecutor, Mr Martin Alamisi Burns Kaiser Amidu, with call records of the MP.

The legislator in a statement issued in Accra yesterday said “I, Mahama Ayariga, would have gladly personally handed my MTN call records to Mr Martin Amidu, if he had just asked me directly, so he will see that I have never placed a call to Mr Kwasi Gyimah-Asante’s phone. I still do not know who Kwasi Asante-Gyimah is.”

Mr Amidu told the Accra Circuit Court “2” presided over by Mrs Ruby Naa Adjeley-Quayson on Tuesday that the Office of Special Prosecutor (OSP) had already obtained an order from the Director General of Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service  to conduct forensic examination on three mobile phone numbers.

He urged the court to exercise its powers under the Electronic Transaction Act, Act 2008(Act 772) of Section 100, 101 and 103.

In moving the motion for an order directed at the telecom giant to produce the conversation between the lawmaker and the officer at GRA, the SP said the information he wanted was between December 2018 and January 2019.

Consequently, the Presiding Judge, Mr Adjeley-Quayson granted the order and asked MTN to produce the said call records dated December 1, 2018 to January 6, 2019.

It is not clear what Mr Amidu is seeking to do with the information, however, deep throat sources told the Ghanaian Times that the SP may press charges against the duo if he gathered enough evidence.

BY MALIK SULLEMANA

 

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