A former Director-General of the National Communications Authority (NCA), a former Chairperson of the NCA’s Board of Directors and a former National Security Coordinator are all been handed various jail terms.

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The High Court sentenced the former director-general, William Tetteh Tevie to five years in prison. Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie received six years and Salifu Osman also five years.

This is the first corruption case submitted by the NPP government when it took power in 2017.

Judge Eric Kyei Baffour found the individuals guilty for causing the state $4million.

The Attorney General has been ordered to confiscate property belonging to the convicted persons worth $3million.

The state prosecutor’s office since January 16, 2018 asked six witnesses to file charges against the defendants, Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie, William Tetter Tevie, former director-general of the NCA, Nana Owusu Ensaw, former board member, Salifu Mimina Osman and former deputy national security coordinator, George Derrick Oppong.

The defendants, led by their respective legal counsel, opened their defence and did not call defence witnesses.

The defendants had previously filed a submission of no case but the court ruled that they had a case and ordered them to open their defence.

However, Nana Owusu Ensaw appealed and accepted a decision in his favour that led to his release.

The allegations include theft, use of public offices for personal gain, and intentional financial loss to the state in connection with the purchase of a $ 4 million Pegasus machine.

They all denied the various crimes levelled against them and were released on bail since then.

Judge Baffour found in his decision that the prosecutor had proven that the three defendants conspired to cause financial loss to the country.

He said the evidence showed that the transaction did not have NCA board approval and caused losses to the state.

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