Lawyers for the Chief Executive Officer of the collapsed gold dealership company, Nana Appiah Mensah, are demanding that the criminal charges brought against him should be struck out by court because the prosecution is not showing any signs that it wants the trial to go on.
Nana Appiah Mensah had earlier been charged with 14 including defrauding by false pretenses, engaging in deposit-taking business without license, sale of minerals without license, money laundering and unlawful deposit-taking.
Nana Appiah Mensah aka NAM1 is said to have taken a whooping Ghs1.6 billion from clients.
The charges have now been amended to 61 but since 2019, his trial has not started. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Sylvester Asare, when the case came up on Tuesday, February 21, 2022, asked the Accra Circuit Court for adjournment.
He told the circuit court presided over by Mrs. Evelyn Asamoah that the case docket had been sent to the Attorney-General’s Office and that they were waiting for direction.
This brought Alexander Owusu Junior, a lawyer for the Menzgold CEO, to his feet, arguing that the prosecution was not ready for the trial to begin and the case must therefore be struck out.
He expressed discomfort with the undue delay of the trial of his client pointing out that trial must be done within reasonable time.
The court, however, would not agree to strike out the case against Nana Appiah Mensah and adjourned the case to April 4, 2022.
Meanwhile, the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) has been given the all clear to auction the assets of Nana Appiah Mensah.
His two other properties at Trassaco Valley – an uncompleted residential accommodation, and land, have also been frozen.
EOCO had gone to the Financial and Economic Crimes Division of the Accra High Court, presided over by Justice Afia Serwaa Asare Botwe, asking to be given the permission to sell the assets of the CEO and this has been granted.
The companies together with their assets belonging to Nana Appiah Mensah, which are going to go under the hammer are Zylofon Art Complex, G-Tech Automobile Service, Brew Energy, Brew Marketing Consult, Star Madrid Football Club, Zylofon Music and Media Company Limited.
EOCO had told the court that its investigations and those of other law enforcement agencies had established that Menzgold had engaged in money laundering and other serious crimes.
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