Court gives AG 6-wk period to file witness statements in Collins Dauda et al case

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An Accra High Court has directed the state to file all witness statements and disclosures in the case in which former Works and Housing Minister Alhaji Collins Dauda and four others are standing trial for willfully causing financial loss to the state.

Alhaji Collins Dauda, together with Kweku Agyeman Mensah, also a former sector minister, Alhaji Ziblim Yakubu, Chief Director of the Works and Housing Ministry, Andrew Clocanas, the Executive Chairman of Constructura OAS Ghana Limited, and Nouvi Tetteh Angelo have all pleaded not guilty to all 52 charges.

On Monday, October 25, the Criminal Division of the Accra High Court presided over by Justice El-Freda Dankyi said prosecution led by Chief State Attorney Mrs Evelyn Keelson requested for six weeks to file their witness statements and disclosures.

According to her, even though the practice requires the court to give them 30 days after the case is assigned to a new court, they will need six weeks.

Defence lawyers did not oppose the request.

After listening to the parties, the Court adjourned the case to Wednesday, December 22 for Case Management Conference.

Collins Dauda on Thursday, August 5 was admitted to a self-recognisance bail by the Court presided over by Justice Comfort Tasiame.

Kweku Agyeman Mensah, also a former Minister of Works and Housing, and Alhaji Ziblim Yakubu, Chief Director of the Ministry, were also granted bails in the sums of $65 million each.

In addition, they are to produce three sureities one of whom should be a public officer.

The Executive chairman of Constructura OAS Ghana Limited, Andrew Clocanas, who is the fourth accused person, was also admitted to bail in the sum of $179 million with three sureties, one of whom should be a public servant.

Nouvi Tetteh Angelo, the fifth accused persons, was admitted to bail in the sum of $13 million with three sureties.

Member of Parliament for Juaboso Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, addressing the media after the court sitting, said he expects the Health Minister to also be arraigned.

By Selorm Amenyah|TV3|3news.com|Ghana