An Accra Circuit Court presided over by Her Honour Evelyn Asamoah has warned against the lackadaisical attitude shown by the prosecution towards the case involving the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Menzgold Ghana Limited, Nana Appiah Mensah popular known as NAM1.
According to the Judge, if the current situation continues unabated, she will be left with very little option other than to strike out the case from the court.
The court is unhappy over the unwarranted delay on the part of the prosecution to file the necessary documents to commence the trial.
On March 2 in court, ASP Sylvester Asare, the Prosecutor in charge of the case, again prayed the court to give them more time to be able to file their witness statement and other documents.
He prayed that the number of victims involved in the cases is over 16,000 people for which reason he required more time to do the necessary investigations.
He further pleaded with the court to put up a human face and rescind its decision to strike out the case.
NAM1 was charged with abetment of crime, defrauding by false pretences, carrying on a deposit-taking business without a licence, sale of minerals without a licence, unlawful deposit-taking, and money laundering.
The accused is said to have taken various sums of money from various people nearing Ghc1.6billion.
After appearing before the Circuit Court for the first time in July 2019, Nana Appiah Mensah pleaded not guilty to all thirteen (13) charges slapped against him by the State. the state has since amended its charge sheet which is yet to be moved.
He has since been granted bail in the sum of Ghc1 billion with five sureties, three of whom are to be justified.
He was again asked to report to the police station every Wednesday at 10:00hrs.
By: Edwin Abanga