|Health Minister Dr George Sipa Yankey|
At least 5 officials of President John Atta Mills’s government are set to either resign or be fired after being implicated in the ongoing bribery and corruption trial of
The presiding judge, the Honourable Mr Justice Morrison sitting in the High Court of Justice, Queens Bench Division (UK) has issued a press gagging order barring the disclosure of the names of those implicated. But even before the ruling is made on September 25, 2009, after which the gag order will be lifted, investigations by foreign correspondents of The Statesman have revealed the names of five senior members of the Mills government allegedly caught in the web of bribe taking. One such name is health minister George Sipa-Adjah Yankey (other names will be revealed in subsequent editions).
Dr. Yankey, a former director of legal affairs at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning under the previous NDC administrations, was jailed together with then Finance Minister Kwame Peprah and others on 28th April, 2003 for causing financial loss to the State on a different matter.
Judge Morrison issued the gagging order in the
The case was brought by the
Mabey & Johnson is accused of corruptly influencing politicians and officials in
However, it has emerged that the bridges it had been paid to build in
After Mabey starting its bridge building operations in
According to the charge sheet of case number 0902300773, the first badges of bribery for the first Ghana project, Priority Bridge Programme 1, were paid between 01/01/1994 and 01/01/1995, one year after the nation returned to constitutional rule under President Rawlings.
The second corruption case took place between 01/01/1995 and 01/01/1997 for the Priority Bridge Programme 2.
“Between the 1st day of January 1994 and 18th day of August 1999, [respondent] conspired with certain of its directors, executives, employees and agents to give or agree to give corrupt payments contrary to Section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906 to Ministers, officials and other agents of the Government of Ghana as inducements to secure, or as rewards for having secured contracts from the Government of Ghana, known as "Priority Bridge Programme 1", Priority Bridge Programme 2" and "Feeder Roads Projects" for the supply of goods to the said Government of Ghana by Mabey and Johnson Limited. Contrary to Section 1 of Criminal Law Act 1977,” the first charge reads.
Mabey and Johnson is also accused of corruptly paying €422,000 (£363,000) to Saddam Hussein's regime between May 2001 and November 2002 and is also accused of conspiring to make corrupt payments in
The bridge-building firm’s prosecution comes after years of attacks on
The trial is also the next such case in recent years in
In 2007, his name popped up in a Norwegian court, when former top officials of cement firm, Scancem admitted in court that they paid millions of dollars of bribe money to President and Mrs Rawlings.
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Source: The Statesman