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Tax evasion suit: Mahama Ayariga accuses acting Special Prosecutor of suppressing evidence

Bawku Central MP Mahama Ayariga has accused Acting Special Prosecutor, Cynthia Lamptey of suppressing evidence that could exonerate him in the tax evasion case against him.

Mr. Ayariga claims the Acting Special Prosecutor attempted to hide documentation that proves he paid tax on some imported vehicles, for which he is being investigated, NewsWire GH can confirm.

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An Accra High court that heard the case on Monday, March 29 has given the Office one week to produce the said documentation.

Mr. Ayariga in an interview with Accra based Joy FM said his lawyers are contemplating filing a case of malicious prosecution against Madam Cynthia Lamptey’s conduct.

Background

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The Member of Parliament for Bawku Central and one other, Kenderick Akwasi Marfo are in court over five offences.

The offences include; fraudulent evasion of customs and duties tax, using public office for private benefit, dealing in foreign exchange without license, and transfer of foreign exchange from Ghana through an unauthorised dealer.

The facts of the case as set out in the Charge Sheet are that, Parliament at its fifth sitting on the 7th day of April, 2017 by a resolution, approved a loan agreement for the purchase of members’ official vehicles between the House and Societe General- Ghana.

Out of this loan, each Member of Parliament was entitled to Eighty Thousand US Dollars ($80,000.00) loan payable within a period of four years for the purchase of their official vehicle.

Members of Parliament however could only access the loan facility through a supplier and no Member of Parliament was entitled to personally collect the loan due them for the stated purpose for which the loan was secured or otherwise.

Mr Ayariga (first Accused), however allegedly connived with one Sheriff Ahmed Tijani Abdulai, who had registered a company called ASH Plantpool Limited (ASH Plantpool) with the sole aim of representing the company as the former’s supplier. The first Accused then requested his share of the loan to be released to ASH Plantpool Limited as his supplier and the same was released to the company by Societe General- Ghana based on the approval of the Deputy Clerk of Parliament.

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