Former Deputy Finance Minister, Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson and two others plead not guilty to incurring a 2.3 million euros financial loss to the state.
The former Minister with former Ministry of Health Chief Director Sylvester Anemana and a business man Richard Jakpa were slapped with the charge by the Attorney General’s office pertaining the procurement of about 200 ambulances under the late John Evans Atta Mills and the John Mahama government after its declaration in the 2009 State Of Nation Address.
The Attorney General’s office claim steps were taken by the Ministry of Health (MoH) to acquire the ambulances after the address following Cabinet’s approval and business man Richard Jakpa’s company Jakpa at Business presented a proposal and term loan to MoH arranged from the Stanbic Bank to finance the procurement of the ambulances.
The three accused Dr Ato Forson, Mr. Anemana and Mr. Jakpa were offered a 2 million cedis, 1 million cedis and 5 million cedis bail making it a total of 8 million cedis.
Dr. Forson believes the charge is politically influenced, however the office of the attorney General claim it is untrue and for the best interest of the country.