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Capital Bank saga: Attorney General rejects Ato Essien’s payment plan

Thu, 18 Jun 2020 Source: classfmonline.com

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The Attorney General’s Office has rejected the refund agreement submitted by the founder of defunct Capital Bank William Ato Essien.

Ato Essien who is under prosecution for the collapsed of Capital Bank had written to the Attorney General’s Office for a payment plan.

But Chief State Attorney, Marina Appiah Opare today 18 June 2020 told an Accra High Court the agreement was “totally unacceptable”.

According to her, the terms were not favorable to the State.

However, she said the State has since received another proposal and was currently studying it.

According to her, this deliberation would not stop the trial from proceeding since the negotiation will affect only four of the charges.

Lawyer for Mr. Essien, Baffour Gyawu Bonsu Ashia urged the court to adjourn the case explaining that reaching an agreement will substantially affect the case.

Justice Kyei Baffour adjourned proceedings to July , 2020, saying should the State fail to reach an agreement, the case will proceed.

Mr. Essien and three others are facing 26 charges for various roles they played leading to the collapse of Capital Bank.

Last month, his lawyers informed the Court presided over by Justice Eric Kyei Baffour that they are engaging the Attorney General based on section 35 of the court’s act.

The act allows for an offer of compensation or restitution in respect of some the charges brought against accused persons.

Accordingly, they had already indicated to EOCO that their client was willing and ready to return some GHS27 million to the state.

The lawyers said he had paid close to GHS1.4 million and also given out some 19 newly cleared cars from the port to the state.

The Attorney General’s office in response confirmed the negotiations and informed the court that they will consider it.

Source: classfmonline.com