Former CEO of COCOBOD, Dr. Stephen Kwabena Opuni has indicated that he needs more documents from the Attorney General madam Gloria Akufo during court hearing on Wednesday
An Accra High Court has ordered the Attorney General to provide Dr. Stephen Opuni with certain documents to help in his defense in the court case.
Dr Opuni and a businessman, Seidu Agongo, have been charged with causing Ghc¢271.3 million financial loss to the state in a series of fertilizer deals.
Defense counsel for the two had been battling with the Attorney General for prosecution documents which he said would facilitate the defense of his clients.
The matter ended up at the Supreme Court after several legal wrangles at the High Court.
On June 7, 2018, the Supreme Court ordered all prosecutors in the country to give persons, irrespective of their charges, with prosecution documents to facilitate their defense
In view of the Supreme Court‘s decision, the High Court hearing the case ordered the Attorney General to supply Dr Opuni with the prosecution documents.
During Wednesday’s hearing, counsel for Dr Opuni, Mr Samuel Cudjoe stated that, the Attorney General had provided his clients with certain documents, but he still needed access to other documents.
According to him, there was the need for his clients to be given access to documents covering all contracts regarding fertilizers during his tenure as well as certain documents which he said were in the possession of Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) and other investigative bodies.
However, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Mrs. Yvonne Atakora Obuobisa, said the Attorney General had submitted all the documents in its possession to the defendant (Dr. Opuni) and that, what Dr. Opuni’s legal team is demanding was not in their possession.
“We cannot give what we don’t have,” she said.
After many back and forth arguments, the presiding judge, Mr Justice Clemence Honyenuga ordered the Attorney General to do everything within her power to get the accused the documents.
The hearing has been adjourned to July 9, 2018.
By: Rita Gyenkel/pinkfmonlinegh.com