SSNIT case: Give Thompson documents – Court to AG

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The Accra High Court has ordered the prosecutors in the $14.3 million Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) case, to produce certain documents requested by one of the accused persons, former Director-General of SSNIT, Mr Ernest Thompson.

The former D-G is being tried with four others for allegedly causing financial loss of about $14.3 million to the state during the implementation of SSNIT’s Operational Business Suite (OBS) project.

Counsel for Mr Thompson, Mr Samuel Cudjoe, on Friday, 14 December, moved a motion requesting that his client’s defence team be given about 111 documents by the prosecution.

According to Mr Cudjoe, the documents were essential and crucial to the defence of the accused.

He explained that the OBS contract that was given to the defence by the prosecution had some missing pages, and, therefore, the defence needed those pages.

Also, Mr Cudjoe said the defence needed some memos and minutes relating to the OBS project.

No objection

The Director of Public Prosecution, Mrs Yvonne Atakora Obuobisa, did not object to the motion by the defence counsel.

In view of that, the court, presided over by Mr Justice Henry Kwofi, a justice of the Court of Appeal with additional responsibility as a High Court judge, granted the application and ordered the prosecution to make the documents available to the defence.

Hearing continues on 23 January 2019.

Accused persons

The four other accused persons are John Hagan Mensah, a former IT Manager at SSNIT; Juliet Hassana Kramer, the CEO of Perfect Business Systems (PBS); Caleb Kwaku Afaglo, a former Head of Management Information Systems (MIS) at SSNIT, and Peter Hayibor, the lawyer for SSNIT at the time.

In June 2010, SSNIT initiated the $34m OBS project to use Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to revamp its operations to enable it to provide a state-of-the-art pension administration system in the country.

It is the case of the Attorney-General (A-G) that between September 2013 and September 2016, the five accused persons engaged in various illegalities that caused financial loss to the state in relation to the said project.

The five accused have pleaded not guilty to 29 charges, including willfully causing financial loss to the state, defrauding by false pretence, contravening the Public Procurement Act, among other charges.

Source: Ghana/dinpafm.com/91.3

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