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General News Mon, 26 Nov 2001

Selormey's case adjourned to Tuesday for definite hearing

The Fast Track Court trying Victor Selormey, former Deputy Finance Minister for defrauding the state by false pretences, on Monday said it was not disposed to granting any more adjournments after Tuesday, November 27, unless an application from defence counsel was valid.

The court, presided over by Mr Justice Sam Baddoo said the defence had enough time from September, this year, to date to put its house in order with regards to some documents it wanted to tender.

Mr Justice Baddoo said this when counsel for Selormey applied for adjournment to Tuesday, to enable it to obtain certain documents the defence wanted to tender from the prosecution.

Mr Johnny Quashie-Idun applied for adjournment because he said the defence had not received the documents, which were in the possession of the prosecution. Counsel said the defence wanted to call three witnesses but none of them was available at the time of applying for adjournment.

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Mr Justice Baddoo adjourned proceedings to enable the defence to produce the witnesses and obtain the documents. He, however, repeated that the court would not entertain any adjournments from the defence.

Sometime in September, the defence wanted to tender a CD-ROM and contract document through its witness but the court refused and ruled that the accused should tender them.

Selormey appealed against the court's ruling but the Court of Appeal dismissed it. He again appealed to the Supreme Court, which upheld the trial court ruling and ordered that the case be sent back to the lower court.

Selormey has pleaded not guilty to six counts of conspiracy, defrauding by false pretences and wilfully causing financial loss of 1.2 million dollars to the state. He is on a 1.5 billion cedis bail with two sureties to be justified.

Source: gna
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