80 Counts; Has Sedinam Tamakloe Committed War Crimes

The government has recently commenced legal proceedings against the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC) under the erstwhile Mahama administration, Sedina Christine Tamakloe Attionu.

According to reports, she was charged with causing GH¢93,044,134.66 financial loss to the state.

Madam Ationu is facing a total of 80 counts, including conspiracy, stealing, unauthorised commitment resulting in a financial obligation for the government, improper payment, money laundering and contravention of the Public Procurement Act.

It is imperative to point out that Madam Ationu has not been tried and convicted. Even where prima facie evidence is reasonably leading to a person being declared guilty, such person remains innocent until the court pronounces otherwise, so the publications intended to pronouncing her guilty, before she is heard are not helping matters.

Invariably, any process that tampers with the delivery of justice in such a manner that leaves people doubting whether or not justice has been served tends to negate the whole essence of a judicial process.

It gores the heart that someone who dedicated her time and effort in helping to bring financial relief and economic empowerment to our women and the downtrodden, who are not captured in the financial sector, to be treated like a war criminal.

80 counts sound so ridiculous, those who were already charged with 14 or so counts and are in court, only about a count or two has come up in the course of the trial.

We always make a mockery of everything we do, including bringing charges against people we feel have fallen short of the law.

We have become a laughing stock among the comity of nations, because even those accused of war crimes against humanity and are tried at the International Criminal Court in Hague are not slapped with so many counts.

Presenting the facts of the case in court on Monday, Madam Ationu, among other things received a cash refund of GH¢500,000 from the Board Chairman of Obaatanpa on the night of 28th August, 2014, at the Baatsona Total Filling Station located on the Spintex Road in Accra.

Who will ever believe this story, and yet this is how the government wishes to waste state money, bringing up ridiculous charges against political opponents.

Parliament must promulgate a law to surcharge state actors, especially those in the Attorney General’s office who bring frivolous charges against innocent Ghanaians, when they lose in court.

This newspaper is of the opinion that, the trial involving the former CEO of MASLOC is nothing but a political witch-hunt; it is another ploy for the government to hide its incompetence. It is offensive to all that is decent. 80 counts ridicule the concept of rule of law.

 

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