The NDC Parliamentary candidate for the Efutu Constituency, in the 2020 election, James Kofi Annan has been acquitted of charges of stealing, abetment of crime and dishonestly receiving.

The Court presided over by his worship, Isaac Oheneba-Kuffour said, “the evidence led in the case on the charges of abetment of stealing and dishonestly receiving, leaves much to be desired.”

The Court also said, “the evidence presented by the prosecution could not in any way link the 2nd accused person (James Kofi Annan) to the personality who allegedly stole the cheques and sent someone else to pay them into the 2nd accused person’s Account.”

Adding that, “whatever links there could be to the source of the stolen funds, are so remote and not even apparent on the face of the record.”

2020 NDC Parliamentary Candidate for Efutu acquitted and discharged
2020 NDC Parliamentary Candidate for Efutu acquitted and discharged
2020 NDC Parliamentary Candidate for Efutu acquitted and discharged
2020 NDC Parliamentary Candidate for Efutu acquitted and discharged
2020 NDC Parliamentary Candidate for Efutu acquitted and discharged
2020 NDC Parliamentary Candidate for Efutu acquitted and discharged

Background

On March 18, 2020, one Benjamin Ackah, lodged a complaint at the Winneba Police Command that, an amount of GHc100, 000 had been transferred from his Bank Account into a Bank Account belonging to the NDC Parliamentary candidate without his permission,

The Winneba Police Command headed by Chief Superintendent Samuel Asiedu Okanta indicated that the preliminary investigation they conducted turned out that the money was transferred to a Bank Account belonging to James Kofi Annan the NDC Parliamentary candidate.

“After several investigations, we found out that the Bank Account belonged to the NDC Parliamentary candidate James Kofi Annan,” the Police Commander said.

Subsequently, James Kofi Annan was arraigned before the Winneba District Court to answer to charges of stealing, abetment of crime and dishonestly receiving.

After a full trial, the court found that the prosecution had to make a case to sufficiently back its claim/charges. It, therefore, found no need for the lawyers of Mr Annan to open their defence.

He was therefore acquitted and discharged of all the charges.

Following the court ruling, James Kofi Annan who is also President of Human Rights NGO Challenging Heights, commented on his Facebook wall saying…  “The court has ruled in favor of my innocence, and I thank God for the exoneration. I also wish to thank all those who believed my story, and kept faith with me, I thank all of you…”