Special Prosecutor Kissi Agyebeng has dropped the case involving Bawku Central MP Mahama Ayariga.
He said it will be a waste of the state’s time and suffer the same fate as other cases.
The matter discontinued on Monday, October 11, had to do with allegations of using public office for private funds.
“It will be a complete waste of time if we were to open this case further and go to a length where it will only be dismissed on the submission of no case to answer,” Mr Agyebeng told journalists at the court.
The charges were brought against the Bawku Central MP by former Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu, who resigned in November 2020.
The former Special Prosecutor had charged Mr Ayariga and six others for breaching procurement processes in purchasing some ambulances for his constituency and tax evasion in importing some “luxurious” vehicles.
However, the new SP has entered “a nolle prosequi which is to say we have ended the case this morning.”
In May this year, an Accra High Court acquitted and discharged Bawku Central MP on corruption charges through his purchase of an ambulance for the Bawku Municipal Assembly.
One of two cases was brought against him and six others for possible infractions of the law related to public procurement by the former Special Prosecutor.
The outstanding case involved the lawmaker’s alleged use of a parliamentary loan approved to purchase a V8 vehicle for official use.
But today’s development indicates that “as it stands, there’s no charge against Mr Mahama Ayariga,” the SP said.
Counsel for the MP, Godwin Edudzi Tamakloe, has welcomed the decision saying he was not surprised by the outcome.
“He [Special Prosecutor] indicated that the evidential standard required in a criminal trial is proof beyond a reasonable doubt, and he is unable to do that with the evidence available to him. So we are grateful to him and the courts for what has happened today,” he said.
- Commuters stranded as commercial drivers embark on indefinite strike today
- Ashiaman ‘trotro’ drivers and their conductors turn bus station into football ground
- Photos: Commuters stranded as ‘trotro’ drivers strike to protest fuel prices
- Playback: Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta addresses nation
- Commercial Drivers Strike: Aayalolo deploys 110 buses to mitigate effect
- ‘What was he drinking or eating before he went into that studio?’ Dzifa Gomashie asks Energy Minister
- Government directs GOIL to reduce price of fuel after meeting with transport unions
- ‘I’ve written to the Speaker with modifications to the 2022 Budget’ – Ken Ofori-Atta
- No agreement reached with Minority Caucus on E-levy – Finance Minister
- Social media reacts to nationwide strike by commercial drivers
Invest in research into Covid-19 treatment – Policymakers urged
Isaac Kofi Agyei: What will happen to price of fuel if government decides to listen to 16 driver unions?
Servaco PPS partners Captain One Golf Society for Charity Championship
Stunning Gray strike in injury time earns Everton comeback win against Arsenal
Ladystrikers’ head coach unhappy with officiating in Super Cup final
Two humiliating defeats for Hearts in Africa but where do they go from here?
Government commits to review taxes on fuel in Mid-year Budget after drivers’ strike – Abbas Imoro
Zongo Development Fund CEO honoured at 2021 Ghana Leadership Awards
GOIL expected to reduce fuel prices by ¢0.15 effective today – Kennedy Osei Nyarko
The Multimedia Group honored by Education Ministry, NTC for sponsoring Ghana Teacher Prize 2021
7 things we learnt from Ofori-Atta’s press conference on the 2022 Budget
Soccer fans to be vaccinated at various stadia – GFA General Secretary
Researchers fashion out ways of enhancing sustainable wood fuel production value-chain
Government directs GOIL to reduce price of fuel after meeting with transport unions
Government must reconsider paying teacher and nursing trainee allowances – NUGS General Secretary