The Republic V Adjenim Boateng & another: Accused request original copies of some exhibits

Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng

The accused persons in the case of the Republic V Adjenim Boateng & Another are requesting original copies of some exhibits, the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has announced.

The trial of the former Chief Executive of the Public Procurement Authority, Mr Adjenim Boateng Adjei started on Tuesday, November 29 with the Special Prosecutor calling on its first witness, Manasseh Azure Awuni.

The OSP in a tweet after day one of the hearing said “Manasseh Azure Awuni mounted the witness box [Tuesday] as our 1st witness. His witness statement was admitted into evidence. Accused persons are requesting original copies of some exhibits. The case continues on 13/12/2022.”

Together with his brother in law, the former CEO of the PPA, Agyenim Boateng Adjei has pleaded not guilty to 17 charges levelled against them.

The charges involved 8 counts of using Public office for profit and 10 counts of directly and indirectly influencing the Public Procurement process using his office.

Francis Kwaku Arhen, said to be his in-law has also denied one Count of using Public officer for profit.

Before the trial could proceed however, the defense lawyers told the court that lead counsel for the accused persons was unavailable and hence was absent.

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Investigative Journalist, Manasseh Azure tendered in his witness statement which will be relied on as evidence. But defence lawyers holding brief hinted that they have objections to some portions of the statement

Both A. B Adjei and Francis Kwaku Arhen have been granted GHC5 million each with two sureties to be justified by the court.

Presiding judge, Mary Maame Ekue Nsenkyire adjourned the trial to December 13th.