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Ghs620 million collapsed bank trial, court won’t allow delays - Judge hints

The High Court hearing the case in which the founder of the collapsed Capital Bank, William Ato Essien and two others have been accused of dissipating GHs620 million liquidity support to the bank from the Bank of Ghana (BOG) has warned that it is not going to allow any delays of the trial.

Ato Essien is standing trial with Fitzgerald Odonkor, Managing Director (MD) of the defunct bank, and Tetteh Nettey, MD of MC Management Services, a company that is said to be owned by Ato Essien.

The court presided over by Justice Eric Kyei Baffour, a Justice of the Court of Appeal, sitting as a High Court Judge, has consequently ordered them to file their witness statements and other witnesses they intend to use as part of their defense.

The witness statements must have all the necessary attachments – documents they would want to tender as exhibits. The court, additionally, directed that in case they would want to stand in the dock to give their testimonies they should file their statements before the court.

The three have 12 days to this. The window of opportunity closes after Tuesday, December 7. Ato Essien, Odonkor and Nettey have been charged variously with stealing, abetment of stealing, conspiracy to steal and money laundering.

They have all denied any wrong doing. At the court’s sitting today (November 26), Justice Kyei Baffour, did not hide his discomfort with the delay tactics adopted by Ato Essien.

He was not in court yesterday, when the case was called.

He surfaced today with a medical report, seeking for two weeks adjournment of the trial.

The medical report said he was suffering from a condition known as “obstructive sleep”.

Justice Kyei Baffour, was however, not convinced, saying, that medical condition should not prevent him from coming to court.

“Having opened his defense in respect of the charges against him, which provides for anxious moments, these symptoms are normal, and I do not see it as basis for the accused being absent from court.”

The court, he said, had observed the snail pace approach that Ato Essien has adopted. He has been unnecessarily delaying with his testimony.

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