General News of Tuesday, 1 December 2015
Former Deputy Energy Minister Kobina Tahir Hammond has accused the Sole Commissioner on Judgement Debts of bias.
K. T. insists Justice Apau had a prejudiced mind against him and thus failed to look into the evidence he presented before the Commission.
Mr Hammond, who is also the Member of Parliament for Adansi Asokwa, made the comment while reacting to a government directive to the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) to investigate his role in the sale of a drill ship to pay off a judgment debt.
A White Paper containing government’s views on the judgment debt report said the EOCO should look into how the former deputy minister in the erstwhile Kufuor administration disbursed about nine hundred thousand dollars balance resulting from the sale of the drill ship.
The Commission’s report among other things concluded that: “The totality of these developments raises strong suspicions that the whole transaction involving the sale of the Drillship ‘Discoverer 511’ is shrouded in mystery”.
But KT Hammond on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Monday, expressed shock at the findings of the Commission after he claims to have supplied all documents to the Sole Commissioner when he appeared before him.
He alleged that, Justice Apau in connivance with government, refused to confront the principal actor who was then the Chief Executive Officer of GNPC, Tsatsu Tsikata, leading to the $47million judgment debt awarded to Societe Generale.
The Adansi Asokwa MP indicated that because the Sole Commissioner had conceded that Mr. Tsikata was “his mentor and brother”, he [Apau] skewed his report to let him [Tsatsu] off the hook.
“Justice Apau should have recused himself after doing a similar thing while in the High Court during the Valley Farms case against Tsatsu Tsikata” he stressed.
KT Hammond said the whole report by the Sole Commissioner is riddled with inaccuracies therefore any prosecution will be an exercise in futility.