Kofi Annan ordered to deposit GH¢100,000 with court
The Effutu Constituency parliamentary candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), James Kofi Annan, has been ordered by the Winneba District Magistrate Court, presided over by His Worship Isaac Oheneba Kuffuor, to deposit GH¢100,000 at the court as a condition for aligning same to his bail.
On April 21, 2020, the court admitted Kofi Annan to a self-recognisance bail of GH¢100,000, after pleading not guilty to the charges of abetment of stealing and dishonestly receiving, which were preferred against him.
The decision of the court followed an oral application made by Asafo Adjei, who announced himself as a brief watcher for the complainant, praying the court to order the second accused (Kofi Annan) to deposit same amount to the court as a means of altering his bail terms, and aimed at securing the amount allegedly stolen by him.
According to him, in order to ensure that the complainant has access to his money at the end of the trial, the court should secure same amount by ordering the deposit.
This, the court upheld, giving reasons that the previous bail terms were preferred at a time the prosecution had not furnished the court with any documentary evidence of the bank details of the said transaction.
According to the trial judge, at the commencement of hearing of evidence on June 11, 2020, the prosecution furnished the court with prima facie evidence of bank statements detailing evidence of the money deposits and withdrawals of same amount.
The trial judge, therefore, ordered that “relying on section 100 of Act 30, I am of the view that the sum of GH¢100,000 ought to be deposited to the court by 2nd accused. Regarding the quantum of the money, I would give him up to June 29, 2020 to make this deposit for the bail terms to be aligned to the deposit. The second accused is, accordingly, ordered to make the deposit on June 29th 2020.”
It would be recalled that the Effutu NDC parliamentary candidate was hauled before the Winneba District Magistrate Court in February this year, accused of stealing and dishonestly appropriating an amount of GH¢100,000 mistakenly deposited into his GCB account by the first accused, John Banafo.
The prosecution alleged that Kofi Annan procured the said amount by means of stealing from the complainant.