NDC ‘hired’ mercenaries on trial
Some top officials of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) have allegedly ‘hired’ foreigners to infiltrate government officials to syphon information for blackmail purposes.
The party is alleged to have contracted three foreigners – two Ukrainian and a Greek – to intercept government communications through various means, including email and social media platforms such as WhatsApp.
The three – Viktoriia Kryvtska, Vasileios Stoumpos and Vasileios Marios Blanas – are alleged to have illegally gained access to telephone, email and WhatsApp conversations of 21 ‘high-profile’ officials of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government.
Sources have told DAILY GUIDE that the opposition NDC intends to use the ‘secret’ communications syphoned by the foreigners against the NPP in the 2020 election.
Their activities were detected by National Security operatives who intercepted some communications between the three foreigners and some high-profile members of the NDC.
Viktoriia Kryvtska, Vasileios Stoumpos and Vasileios Marios Blanas have been dragged before an Accra Circuit Court for their involvement in what could be described as ‘mercenary’ work.
The three are facing two counts of conspiracy to commit crime and unauthorised access to electronic material. The case is still under investigations and the plea of the accused persons could not be taken.
Lawyer for the three, Sampson Ayenini, prayed the court to grant the suspects bail pending the conclusion of investigations and possible trial.
The court presided over by Ruby Quayson granted them bail of GH¢50,000 each with two sureties – both of whom must be Ghanaians who earn not less than GH¢1,500.
The suspects were further ordered to report to the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) every Tuesday.
Again, the suspects are to deposit their passports to the court registrar and must seek the permission of the court before they can travel.
The court further ordered that the status of the suspects be made known to the Ghana Immigration Service and the police so that they do not leave the country.