Lawyers for the former directors for the National Communication Authority, NCA are expected to file an appeal after their clients were jailed for 16 years.
This was made known by the Special Aide to former President John Mahama, Joyce Bawa on Citi TV.
Accra High Court, Commercial division presided over by Justice Eric Kyei Baffour a Justice of the Courts of Appeal and sitting as additional High Court judge, has yesterday convicted three (3) out of the five (5) accused persons who have been on trial in the case of The Republic vs. Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie and four others, since December 2017 when the case was first filed by the State at the High Court registry.
The trial of the five accused persons, Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie, the former Board Chair of the National Communication Authority (NCA); William Tetteh Tevie, former Director-General of the NCA; Nana Owusu Ensaw, a former board member; Alhaji Salifu Mimina Osman, a former Deputy National Security Coordinator, and a businessman, George Derek Oppong, begun on the 16th of January 2018 when the state called its first prosecution witness, the Director of Legal Administration at the National Communications Authority (NCA), Abena Awarkoa Asafo Adjei, and ended on the 10th of March 2020 after the state, led by the Director of Public Prosecution, (DPP) Yvonne Atakora Obuabisa, concluded her cross-examination of the 5th accused person in the case, George Derek Oppong.
Joyce Bawa said the lawyers for the convicted persons will appeal the judgement today.
“All that we can say is that we commiserate with them, we are expecting that on appeal we do know that they are five of them in all but one of the accused had actually gone to the court of appeal to file the motion of no case which was granted in the same judgement is you read further you will find that the court appeal has even taken issues with the manner in which the case at the lower court has been handled calling is a type of gymnastics that didn’t make sense and wandering the manner in which the case was going. This is just a court of first instance which is a high court they have the right to appeal which they intend to file this morning.”