NCA $4m financial loss case: Prosecution asked to release document to lawyers

The High Court hearing the National Communications Authority (NCA) $4 million financial loss case, yesterday asked the prosecution to furnish a document in its custody to defence lawyers, to enable them to complete cross-examination of a witness.

The former Director General of NCA, Mr. William Matthew Tetteh Tevie, and four others, have been accused of causing $4 million financial loss to the state.

Justice Eric Kyei Baffour, the High Court Judge, asked for the provision of the document, being the 42nd minutes of finance committee meeting of NCA, at the request of Messrs Thaddeus Sory and Godwin Kudzo Edudzi Tamakloe, counsel for Mr.Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie, a former board member of NCA, and Alhaji Salifu Limuna Osman, a former National Security Coordinator.

Mr. Sory argued that proceedings of the minutes contain details of the $4 million cyber security equipment, which is the subject of controversy.

Having listened to Mr. Sory, Justice Baffour asked Mr. Tamakloe to cross-examine Dr. Yaw Isaac Ani, the witness, but the lawyer told the court he would need the same document which his colleague requested, to be able to quiz the witness.

Lawyer Tamakloe said he may not even cross-examine the witness if the document is disclosed and admitted in evidence.

He reminded the high court of the Supreme Court ruling in the case of the Republic v. Baffoe-Bonnie where the court asked for pre-disclosure of documents to enable accused adequate time and facility to put in a defence.

The judge adjourned the case to Thursday, October 25, and urged the defence to make request for additional documents on time to ensure expeditious trial.

A former Director-General of the NCA, William Matthew Tetteh Tevie, Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie and Nana Owusu,  all former board members, and a businessman, George Derek Oppong, have been accused of playing various roles leading to the loss of $4 million to the state.

The accused have been charged with different counts of willfully causing financial loss.

Tevie, Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie, former Board Chairman Nana Owusu, Alhaji Salifu Limuna Osman and George Derek Oppong have been accused of engaging in infractions in the procurement of listening devices for the state.

The five are facing four counts of conspiracy to willfully cause financial loss to the state, willfully causing financial loss to the state and conspiracy to steal.

They have been accused of acting jointly to misapply $4 million belonging to the state, but they have denied the charges.

 BY MALIK SULLEMANA     

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