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29 counts of Causing financial loss to the state – SSNIT DG, four others plead not guilty

Former Director-General of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust, (SSNIT), Ernest Thompson, together with four others who have been charged with causing financial loss to the state and defrauding by false pretenses, in the award of a $72million Operating Business Suite (OBS) contract, have all pleaded not guilty to all twenty nine counts as captured on the charge sheet filed in court by the Attorney General.

The court today read all twenty nine charges to the five accused persons and their plea of not guilty were taken accordingly. The Attorney General subsequently read the facts of the case to the court.The four other accused persons are former Head of the SSNIT Imformation Technology (IT) Department, Caleb Kwaku Afaglo; former OBS project manager; John Hagan Mensah and Juliet Hasana Kramah, Managing Proprietor of Perfect Business Systems and Peter Hayibor.

Bail Application

Legal representation for all five accused persons took turns to apply for bail for their clients. There be no opposition from the Prosecution, the court granted all five self recognisance bail and adjourned hearing to the 17th of October 2018. The long adjournment day was because the 2017/2018 legal year ends in a matter of six days.

Legal Representation

The States legal team was led by the Attorney General Gloria Akuffo, together with Director of Public Prosecution Yvonne Atakora Obuobisa, Alfred Asiamah Sampong, Chief State Attorney, Evelyn Keelson Chief State Attorney, Stella Ohene Appiah, Senior State Attorney, Richard Gyambiby, Senior State Attorney, and Penina Asah, State Attorney.

Defense Team

The former SSNIT Boss Ernest Thompson, (first accused person) is represented by lawyers Abednego Tetteh, Samuel Codjoe, and Bernard Owiredu. Lawyer Annis Mogtari, represents John Hagan Mensah, the Second Accused person. Lawyer Thaddeus Sory and Abua Juan Jagiara represents the third accused person, Juliet Hasana Kramah. George Bernard Shaw, the fourth accused person is represented by lawyer Caleb Afaglo while Oliver Atsu Amegah represents Peter Hayibor, the fifth accused person.