Justice Bright Mensah, a Court of Appeal Judge sitting with additional responsibility as a High Court Judge has ordered that the passports of a former Finance Minister, Dr Kwabena Duffuor, his son Duffuor Jnr and a former second Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), Dr Johnson Asiama be confiscated as part of their bail conditions.
Their lawyers have also been warned not to grant any interviews on the case.
This came after the three appeared before the Accra High
Court to answer accusations of being complicit in the collapse of certain
Dr. Duffuor, who was also a shareholder of the defunct
unibank, is in court with his son, Dr Kwabena Duffuor II, a former CEO of
uniBank, who has also been accused of playing certain roles that led to the
collapse of the bank. Other accused persons in court are Prince Kofi Amoabeng,
the founder of the defunct UT Bank, and other former officials of the collapsed
Lawyer for the Duffuors, Dr. Dominic Aryine in his bail
application stated that his client, Dr. Duffuor, is not a flight risk and he is
an innocent man of great integrity and not a flight risk.
The Attorney General, Miss Gloria Akuffo, in her submission
indicated the 1st, 3rd and 4th Accused persons have not been very cooperative
with the State during the investigations stage, nonetheless, the State is
mindful of the discretion of the Court to grant bail.
Having listened to both sides, Justice Bright Mensah admitted the accused persons to bail in the sum of 60 million Ghana Cedis each with three surieties, two of whom must be justified. The sureties are to deposit their title deeds to the registrar of the Court and the Accused persons are to surrender their passports to the registrar of the Court and will be entitled to it upon an application to the Court if there is a need for them to travel outside the jurisdiction.
Source: MyNewsGh.com/Stephen Zoure/2020