Joyce Danso, GNA
Accra, Nov.12, GNA –
Eugene Baffoe- Bonney, a former National Communication Authority (NCA) Board
Chairman has gone to the Court of Appeal to appeal against the decision of the
High Court requesting him to open his defence.
The High Court
presided over by Mr Justice Eric Kyei Baffour after the close of the state’s
case called on Baffoe Bonney to open his defence.
The former NCA
Chairman however filed a submission of no case, which the High Court dismissed.
Baffoe Bonney has
therefore filed a stay of proceedings at the High Court so that his appeal
could be heard by the Court of Appeal (CA).
Lawyers of the
accused drew the court’s attention of the pending appeal.
The court then
adjourned the matter to November 26 awaiting the decision of the CA.
Baffoe Bonney is
standing trial with four others in connection with the purchase of a
cyber-security surveillance equipment.
The other accused
persons are Matthew Tevie, a former NCA Director General, Nana Ensaw, a board
member, Alhaji Osman Mimina, a former Deputy National Security Coordinator and
George Derrick Oppong, a businessman.
They have been
variously charged with conspiracy, stealing, wilfully causing financial loss to
the state, money laundering, using public office for private gain and
misapplying state property in contravention with the Public Procurement Act.
They have denied the
various charges and are on bail.
In 2015, the accused
persons without authorisation allegedly purchase a cyber-security surveillance
machine to among others check terrorism.
The said machine
have had some parts missing and same could not be used for its intended