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Judgement debt payment: State Attorney fails to produce documents

Author: Samuel K. Obour

Justice Yaw Apau, Sole CommissionerA senior State Attorney, Ms Elfreda Dankyi, who appeared before the Commission on Judgment Debts yesterday, failed to provide complete documents to the commission in respect of certain payments contained in an agreement between an international legal firm and the government of Ghana.

She was subpoenaed to produce those documents in which the Government of Ghana, in the agreement, paid $155,149 to the legal firm, Dewey and Leboeuf, in 2011, pertaining to maritime bounds matters.

Ms Dankyi, who represented the Solicitor-General, told the commission that the file containing the original documents of the agreement was handled by a retired chief state attorney, who is currently out of the country.

The Sole Commissioner, Mr Justice Yaw Apau, asked the witness to endeavour to locate the file and make the documents available to the commission in the shortest possible time.

He said the commission would also contact the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning for information in respect of the original copies of the agreement.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) or his representative, who was also billed to appear before the commission, could not make it, and information available to the commission indicated that notice of the IGP’s scheduled invitation was not brought to his attention.

July 22, 2013 has been fixed for his appearance. Hearing continues on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

By Sebastian Syme/Daily Graphic/Ghana

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