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General News of Monday, 30 April 2018

Source: classfmonline.com

Opuni case adjourned to June 11

The Criminal Court One Division of the Accra High Court has adjourned hearing of the case involving former CEO of COCOBOD, Dr Stephen Opuni, to June 11.

According to the court, it is waiting for a decision by the Supreme Court in relation to the interpretation of article 19 clause 2 (e) and (g) of the constitution after counsel for the defendants filed a motion requesting that certain documents which the prosecution intends using against them in court, be made available to them.

The court, presided over by Justice C. J Hornyenuga, thus, set June 11 to continue the case.

Speaking to Class News’ court correspondent Ibrahim Obeng-Mensah, one of the legal team members of Dr Opuni, Godwin Edudzi Tameklo, said they are looking forward to the next hearing with optimism.

Mr Tameklo further indicated that his client will not accept any mitigation from actor Kwadwo Nkansah aka Lilwin and the Multimedia Group Limited over a defamation suit he filed against them.

Background

Dr Opuni, businessman Seidu Agongo and AgriCult Ghana Company Limited, are facing 27 charges of willfully causing financial loss of GHS217 to the state, through three separate fertiliser supply contracts between 2014 and 2016.

The contracts were GHS43.1million (2013/2014 cocoa farming season), GHS75.3million (2014/2015 cocoa farming season) and GHS98.9million (2015/2016 cocoa farming season) totaling GHS217million through sole-sourcing, the state claimed, adding that procurement procedures for sole-sourcing were not followed.