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General News Wed, 27 Nov 2002

Tsikata's Case Adjourned Again

Proceedings at the trial of the former Chief Executive of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Mr Tsatsu Tsikata were on Thursday adjourned to Thursday, December 5 at the instance of the prosecution.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Mr Osafo Sampong who asked for the adjournment told the Fast Track Court that the next prosecution witness had just arrived from a trip outside the country and could not be available. With no opposition from defence counsel, Mrs Justice Henrietta Abban, an Appeal Court Judge sitting on the case as an additional High Court Judge, obliged and adjourned proceedings to Thursday, December 5. This is the second time in two weeks that the case is being adjourned by the court as a result of the prosecution's inability to produce its next witness.

At the court's sitting on Tuesday, November 12, Mr Sampong said the next prosecution witness had travelled outside the country and asked for a fortnight's adjournment. Mrs Justice Abban granted the request and adjourned the case to Wednesday to enable the prosecution to call its next witness.

Tsikata is being tried for allegedly causing financial loss of more than 2.3 billion cedis to the state. He is charged with four counts of wilfully causing financial loss to the state. Additionally, he is accused of intentionally misapplying an amount of 20 million cedis belonging to GNPC to acquire shares in Valley Farms, a private limited liability company. Tsikata has pleaded not guilty to all the charges and is currently on a self-cognisance bail of 700 million cedis.

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