The trial Judge in the financial loss case against the former Deputy Finance Minister, Cassiel Ato Forson, has cautioned the prosecution in the case.

Justice Afia Serwaa Asare Botwe says no delay will be entertained.

She made this known when the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu failed to show up in court to testify as witness for the prosecution.

She was particularly unhappy as to why the prosecution did not inform the court about the Minister’s absence.

“When we have been entrusted with work, we just get it done. Don’t let this be a point of confusion. Let it be your first and last. If you ever let us have a schedule like this and renege, it will not be good.

“The prosecution is cautioned that such a request will not be accepted. Should he not be available, they should be prepared to call another,” Justice Botwe told the prosecution.

The Health Minister was expected to further the case of the state against the three accused persons.

Ato Forson has been charged with causing financial loss to the state over the importation of 30 ambulances that formed part of a consignment of 200 under a contract signed between the Ministry and Dubai-based firm, Big Sea Limited, in 2012.

Also charged are the former Chief Director of the Ministry, Dr. Sylvester Anemana, as well as businessman, Richard Jakpa.

The accused persons are said to have caused the state an amount of 2.37 million euros.

During the last sitting, a witness of the state, Edward Markwei Jr, while being cross-examined by Counsel for Dr. Forson, Dr Abdul Aziz Basit Bamba, said the letter from the Finance Ministry requesting the Bank of Ghana to establish the letters of credit needed additional evidence such as; certification from the Ministry and documents from the supplier before the letters of credit could be established and any payment made.

He told the court that the most important document required before the letters of credit could be established was the proforma invoice, whose content he said was partly extracted from the contract between the Ministry of Health and Big Sea.

The witness who is also the head of the Trade Finance Unit of the Bank of Ghana emphasised that the letters of credit cannot be established when there is no proforma invoice.