Dr. Kwabena Duffour, Founder of uniBank, desire to bar the Receiver of his bank, Nii Amanoo Dodoo, from testifying in a case against him and other officials, has been short-lived.
The Supreme Court, in a majority decision of 3-2, ruled that Mr. Dodoo could testify in the trial.
The panel, made up of Justices Paul Baffoe-Bonnie, Prof. Henrietta Mensah Bonsu, and Samuel Asiedu formed the majority, while Justices Gabriel Pwamang and Amadu Tanko dissented.
The judgment was delivered on Wednesday May, 2023.
The decision of the Apex Court also affirmed a ruling of the Court of Appeal, as well as that of the trial High Court, that Mr. Dodoo should testify as first Prosecution Witness (PW1) in the case, a position the lawyers for Dr. Duffour had strongly opposed.
It was the protection guidance’s contention that the Collector had penetrated segments of the Banks and Concentrated Store Taking Demonstration, 2016 (Act 930).
Mr. Dodoo was selected as Recipient of uniBank at a time he was an accomplice of KPMG, the firm which examined the records of the Bank.
In the mean time, the arraignment, contrary to Mr. Duffour’s application, expressed that PW1 was once an accomplice of the review firm, KPMG, and, in this manner, affirming in the preliminary didn’t hurt the law.
Dr. Duffour, who has once stood firm on the footing of Clergyman for Money and Monetary Preparation, has been accused of eight others on a sum of 68 charges.
The counts are trick, deceitful break of trust, tax evasion, insincerely getting, and misrepresentation of records.
The others being investigated with him are a previous Representative Legislative leader of the Bank of Ghana, Johnson Pandit Asiama, Honda Possessions Restricted, Kwabena Duffour Jnr., Ekow Nyarko Dadzie-Dennis, Elsie Dansoa Kyereh, Jeffrey Amon, Benjamin Ofori, and Kwadwo Opoku Okoh.
Various sums of money quoted on the charge sheet as allegedly launched and transferred into fictitious accounts are GH¢1,941,901.45, GH¢1,588,831.35, GH¢102,000,000.00, $71 million, GH¢601,305,250, GH¢227,450,000, $9,167,357.12, and $9,546,600.00.
Others are GH¢1,941,901.45, GH¢1,588,831.35, GH¢4,130,637.15, GH¢5,048,560.05, GH¢36,716,792.32, GH¢61,194,653.86, GH¢67,314,119.25, GH¢146,867,169.2, and $13,454,483.47.
The rest are GH¢35,000,000.00, GH¢5,432,500.00, GH¢63,522,592.32, GH¢332,039,936.46, GH¢164,051,706.14, and GH¢48,269,477.75.
Hoda Holdings allegedly received GH¢663,283,917.19.
Mr. Pandit is said to have willfully caused financial loss to the State, contravention of the Bank of Ghana Act 2002 (Act 612) in an amount of GH¢150 million, and GH¢300 million respectively.