A senior economist who was a former Bank of Ghana boss and Minister of Finance, and one of the people tipped to partner John Mahama into the 2020 election as NDC’s ‘own Bawumia’, Dr Kwabena Duffuor, has gone to court to stop the Special Investigating Team (SIT), the body set up to unravel why some seven indigenous banks collapsed, from inviting him over allegations of stealing and money laundering, MyNewsGh.com reports.
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According to the embattled businessman and politician, the
Special Investigation team on January 8, 2020, wrote to him requesting him to
make an appearance and to assist the team look into the allegation of money
laundering and abetment of stealing and money laundering in UniBank leading to
its collapse but this invitation is untenable and a breach of his fundamental
human rights because he had long ceased to be a board member of uniBank and had
nothing to do with the bank’s collapse.
He resigned from UniBank in 2009 to pick up the Finance
Minister position under the Atta Mills government, checks confirmed. It is
unclear why the SIT considers him a person of interest.
In his application filed at the Accra High Court last
Thursday by his lawyer, Mr Simon Animley, the former Governor of the Bank of
Ghana (BoG) stated that on January 8, 2020, the SIT wrote a letter inviting him
to assist the team with investigations into allegations of stealing and money
Dr Duffuor, who is also the founder of uniBank, one of the
collapsed banks, accused the SIT of threatening to arrest and detain him, a
situation he said would humiliate and embarrass him.
Apart from the main application, his lawyers have also filed
an interlocutory application to stop the SIT from acting against their client
until the final determination of the main application.
Dr Duffuor is seeking certain reliefs from the court,
including a declaration that the act by the SIT was a violation of his
fundamental human rights as enshrined in the 1992 Constitution.
He also wants an order from the court directing the
defendant to stop “his unlawful threats and harassment” against him.
Also, the plaintiff is seeking a perpetual order from the court restraining the defendant, his agents, assigns or privies from interfering with his fundamental human rights.
So far seven persons are facing charges of stealing and
money laundry with regards to the collapse of the banks. This includes Ato
Essien of defunct Capital Bank and four others, Mike Nyinaku of defunct Beige, and
Prince Kofi Amoabeng of UT Bank also defunct.
Source: MyNewsGh.com/Stephen Zoure