NDC, NPP MPs unite to defend businesswoman in Capital Bank trial

NDC, NPP MPs unite to defend businesswoman in Capital Bank trial
Source: Ghana|myjoyonline.com
Date: 16-10-2019 Time: 11:10:44:am
K.T Hammond, Dominic Ayine

Partisan differences went out of the window in the trial of persons implicated in the collapse of Capital Bank.

New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP for Asokwa constituency, Kobina Tahir Hammond, and National Democratic Congress (NDC) legislator for Bolgatanga East, Dominic Ayine, teamed up as defence lawyers for one of the accused Kate Quartey-Papafio.

Parliament time rivals they are but, court time friends when they have to defend their client’s interest.

Kate Quartey-Papafio, a businesswoman and CEO of Reroy Cables Company Ltd, is named among four persons facing 26 charges in the trial which began Tuesday.

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Kate Quartey-Papafio, the CEO of Reroy Group

She has been charged with conspiracy to steal and stealing.

According to the state, between July and August 2017, she acted together with the main accused person and founder of Capital Bank, Ato Essien to steal ¢70 million.

Mr Ayine on Tuesday called for the withdrawal of a charge of theft against his client.

“You cannot steal [somenone’s] property with [their] consent,” he stated.

He told JoyNews’ Joseph Ackah-Blay in an interview that the charge of theft against Mrs Papafio was inappropriate.

The two are also accused of money-laundering.

She had pleaded not guilty while her defence counsel has scoffed at the charges. The partnership of the two MPs in defending their client was one of the highlights of the hearing on Tuesday.

State reveals how Ato Essien allegedly squandered ¢130m meant to save Capital Bank