Dan Abodakpi returns to Parliament

abodakpi.jpgFreed National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for
Keta, Mr Dan Abodakpi, returned to Parliament Tuesday, June 10, 2008.

Mr.
Abodakpi was released from jail following a presidential pardon granted
him by President J. A. Kufuor on Saturday May 24, 2008.

The MP
went to prison after he was tried and found guilty together with the
Late Victor Selormey, a former Deputy Finance Minister in the NDC
government. Mr. Abodakpi was a Minster of Trade and Industry at the
time. The two were convicted for willfully causing financial loss of
$400,000 to the State. Mr. Selormey, however died after he was also
granted Presidential pardon and released from prison on health grounds.

Mr.
Abodakpi’s entry into the House even though was uneventful, he appeared
elated to be back in he Chambers of the august House. Some of his
colleagues hugged and shook his hands as he made his way and took his
seat.

Speaking to the media, he expressed the hope that his
experiences would unite politicians from the two sides because of their
shared humanity.

Mr. Abodakpi also thanked President Kufuor for his magnanimity.

He
however, said there was nothing wrong with the law under which he was
jailed, but what he thought was wrong with the law on causing financial
loss to the state was how the law was applied.

He also reiterated his eagerness to go to the Court of Appeal to seek a remission of the remainder of his sentence.

He insisted on his innocence and said he believes the justice system will give him justice.

Mr.
Abodakpi also promised to make a statement on the floor of the House on
the state of Ghana’s prisons, at the appropriate time.

By Emmanuel. K. Dogbevi