An Accra High Court yesterday granted the bail application filed by lawyers for Hajia Ayishetu Adamu, the businesswoman arrested for allegedly defrauding over 7,000 people of GH¢300,000 by false pretence.
This was after an Accra Circuit Court presided over by Yaw Attah Sampong had on two occasions denied the accused person bail.
Hajia Adamu, 48, is facing a 12-count charge of fraudulent breach of trust contrary to Section 128 of the Criminal Offences Act.
She is said to have dishonestly appropriated GH¢1,486 from June 2013 to November 2014 at Amasaman near Accra.
Hajia Adamu allegedly became a trustee of the money on behalf of one Francis Nii Lamptey.
It is also the case of the prosecution that the accused, during that same period, dishonestly appropriated GH¢1,324 with ownership invested in her as a trustee on behalf of one Ibrahim Nasiru.
According to the prosecution, Hajia Adamu, among other offences, again dishonestly appropriated GH¢516 as a trustee on behalf of one Regina Amewu.
However, counsel for the accused, Seidu Hamidu Nasigri, unhappy with the refusal for bail, consequently filed a motion on notice for bail pending the investigation and hearing of the case at the High Court.
In an affidavit in support of the application, Mr Seidu Nasigri, among other things, stated that the applicant could be granted bail since the charge of fraudulent breach of trust preferred against the accused is not one of the offences for which bail is statutorily barred.
He said Hajia Adamu was not in the position to interfere with the investigation by the police.
Though the Attorney-General did not file any affidavit in opposition of the motion it was served on February 5, one Lilly Atutiga, a staff of the A-G who was not involved in the case, prayed for an adjournment in order to consider responding to same.
But the trial judge, Justice Abdullah Iddrisu, rejected the request, explaining that the issue bordered on the human rights of the accused person.
He said he could not adjourn the case for the A-G to put its administrative machinery in shape while the human rights of Hajia Adamu were at stake.
Justice Iddrisu accordingly granted the bail application of Seidu Nasigri and admitted the accused person to bail in the sum of GH¢20,000 with two sureties, one to be justified.
Hajia Adamu as part of the bail conditions is to report to the police every Wednesday.
By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson
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