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An Accra High Court has quashed portions of a Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) ruling which found the Finance Minister guilty of failing to declare parts of his assets in the infamous $2.25 billion bond issuance.

Background;

• An Ashanti Regional Youth Organiser of the opposition National Democratic Congress Ernest Brogya Gyamfi made conflict of interest allegations against the Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta in the $2.25 billion bond issuance.
• He then proceeded to CHRAJ with an official complaint.

• CHRAJ after investigating the matter ruled that the Finance Minister was not guilty of conflict of interest.

• But the Finance Minister was appalled by CHRAJ’s ruling.
• He argued at no point during his investigation by CHRAJ was the issue of assets declaration raised.

• He averred that he answered questions of conflict of interest put to him by CHRAJ during the investigations and was appalled by CHRAJ’s decision to make a finding on a matter he was not given the opportunity to speak to during the period of investigation.

• He, therefore, proceeded to court to have that portion of CHRAJ’s ruling annulled.
• In his petition, he stated among other things that CHRAJ’s ruling was a flagrant abuse of his right to fair trial.

• The court after hearing the details of the arguments agreed with the complainant and nullified the aspect of CHRAJ ruling which accused the Finance Minister of failing to declare all his assets.

openghana.com

Kwame Asare

 

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