State prosecutors in the case in which a former Director-General of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), Mr Ernest Thompson and four others are standing trial are expected to inform the High Court of their next line of action in the case.

This follows a supreme court ruling that the particulars the state had provided to support the charges against the accused persons are scanty and inappropriate.

The State had gone to the apex court to challenge the Court of Appeal’s ruling that the particulars of offence levelled against Thompson were scanty.

Mr Thompson and four others have been accused of causing a financial loss of more than $14.8 million in the SSNIT Operational Business Suite (OBS) project.

In a unanimous ruling of a five-member panel of the Supreme Court, presided over by Justice Yaw Appau on March 17, said the charges preferred against the accused persons do not meet the constitutional requirements.

The panel ruled that the apex court is in agreement with the ruling of the Court of Appeal and so there is no merit in the application filed by the state.

The presiding judge after the court dismissal of the application charged the Director of Public prosecution Mrs Yvonne Atakora Obuobisah, to go back and look at the charges and provide enough particulars to them.

He said, the country has gone past the stage where accused persons are surprised by the state.

They have pleaded not guilty to the charges with the trial yet to commence at the Accra High Court due to the legal tussle over the particulars of the offences.

Cross-Examination in Afoko trial

In another matter, Defence lawyers in the case in which Gregory Afoko and Asabke Alangdi, the two accused persons standing trial for the murder of the NPP’s Upper East Regional Chairman, the late Adams Mahama, are expected to continue with the cross-examination of the state witness.

Zuwera Issaka, who is the 5th witness for the state in the case was yesterday led by Chief State Attorney Marina Appiah Opare to give her evidence in chief to the court.

Source: Ghana/ Fm/Murtala Inusah