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Monday, March 15, 2010

Sipa Yankey to appear before CHRAJ today

Dr Sipa Yankey, former Health Minister
Dr Sipa Yankey, former Health Minister

Former Health Minister Dr George Sipa Yankey is expected to appear before the public hearings of the Commission on Human Rights and Administration Justice (CHRAJ) into the Mabey and Johnson bribery case, which begins today.

Dr Sipa Yankey resigned after a UK court implicated him and other public officials as having received monies from UK construction firm Mabey and Johnson.

He has maintained his innocence and at today’s initial hearing he is expected to put up his defence.

The public hearings form part of the final phase of the commission’s investigations into the case.

CHRAJ Commissioner Emile Short said a three-member panel will sit to hear Dr Yankey’s response.

“In some cases that we investigate, it gets to a stage where it becomes necessary to take evidence; that is, witnesses are called to testify on both sides, that is from the commission and from the person that we are investigating…It is that stage that we have got to,” Mr Short told Joy News.

“At the end of all the evidence, then we write a decision.”

Other officials who were also named in the controversy include former Roads Minister Ato Quarshie, Alhaji Amadu Seidu and Boniface Abubakar Saddique.

They have all denied the allegations of bribery against them.

Your super station Joy 99.7 FM will bring listeners a live broadcast of the hearings.

Source: Myjoyonline.com/Ghana

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