General News of Saturday, 20 October 2018
Defense Lawyers of Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie, one of the five suspects standing trial for allegedly causing $4m financial loss to the state is accusing a witness in the trial of lying to the court.
According to Thaddeus Sory, lawyer for the former NCA Board Chairman, the witness, Dr. Isaac Yaw Ani also a former Director of Finance at the Authority sat through meetings where the controversial National Security Council Secretariat’s Cyber Surveillance Equipment was discussed.
In the view of the senior lawyer, the Second Prosecution witness to the State was part of Board meetings the said proposal from the national security was discussed insisting the witness could not feign ignorance.
Confronted with at least two minutes of the board meetings where he was present, Dr. Ani provided answers seemly different from his earlier testimony to the court.
Dr. Ani currently a Deputy Director General at the NCA on Tuesday told the court that he has not met Infraloks Development Limited (IDL) let alone have any business dealings with it.
But under further grueling cross-examination yesterday, Sory insisted that Mckush Consultancy- a affirm established by Dr. Ani had dealt with IDL before.
Baffoe-Bonnie’s lead counsel disclosed that per a December 5, 2016 letter, Mckush wrote to IDL about transfer of some 2 million dollars, a reason which firms his conviction that the witness was lying to the court.
“…I am putting it to you that you are not a truthful witness to this court. It is true…”.
“I am putting it to you that Mckush has had a relationship with Infralocks Development Limited Mr. Sory added claiming “That is your letter requesting the transfer of funds. You confirmed this court on Tuesday that you signed (it). Do you stand by that?”
The state has dragged William Tevie, former Chief Executive Officer, NCA; Nana Owusu Ensaw; Alhaji Salif Mimina Osman, former Deputy National Security Coordinator and George Derrek Oppong, a private businessman, and Director of IDL before the court facing 17 charges such as conspiracy to steal, stealing, using public office for profit, money laundering, among others.
According to the prosecution, the accused persons are being tried for allegedly causing financial loss to the State to the tune of $4 million under the guise of procuring a Cyber Surveillance System which they claimed were to be used for anti-terrorism activities in the country.