3 public servants accused of non-declaration of assets discharged

The Accra High Court has discharged three out of the four public officers, who were charged by the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) for failing to declare their assets.

The OSP had informed the court that it had filed a nolle prose qui, to the effect that it had no basis to continue with the prosecution of the three officers.

The public officers are James Keck Osei, a civil servant working at the Office of the Vice President, John Abban, and Peter Archibald Hyde, both senior officials of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).

MrIssahSiedu, another public servant, who was also accused, was however, not discharged.

After the publication by the OSP on the declaration of assets of the officers, it came to light that as at January 6, 2023, MrOsei had submitted his forms to the OSP before he was charged on February 9, 2023.

In the case of Mr Hyde, on the day he was charged, he had proceeded earlier in the morning to the OSP to present his forms, but he was asked by the Office to return in the afternoon. However, he was issued criminal summons when he reported.

The two others; Seidu and Abban, submitted their forms later and the OSP stated that it would amend Seidu’s charges pending further investigation by the Office.

The Office had earlier held that it was fulfilling its mandate by going after public officials who may be breaching the law as established.

Meanwhile, Seidu has sued the Customs Division of the GRA, Alex Takyi, a businessman, and others over 10 containers of rice said to have been imported from Vietnam, but which the businessman allegedly claimed was imported from Thailand.

The case in relation to the ownership of the rice, is currently pending at the Accra High Court. – GNA

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