An Accra High Court has overturned an Office of Special Prosecutor (OSP) report that found wrongdoing by two individuals in the Labianca case.
Colonel Kwadwo Damoah, a former Commissioner of the Customs Division at the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), and Joseph Adu Kyei, a former Deputy Commissioner of the Division, were both accused of wrongdoing in the Labianca case, according to the report.
The two were accused of abusing their positions to grant preferential tax treatment to Labianca Company, a frozen foods company owned by Council of State member Eunice Jacqueline Buah Asomah-Hinneh.
They then filed a complaint against the OSP, claiming that the report was false and had harmed their reputations.
The court ruled in favour of the plaintiffs, concluding that the OSP had exceeded its authority in making the negative findings.
The court also issued an injunction barring the OSP from further investigating Damoah and Kyei in relation to the Labianca case.
The court also awarded costs of GHC 10,000 against the OSP.
Bob Senyalah, the plaintiffs’ lawyer, praised the court’s decision, calling it a victory for justice.
Speaking to journalists he said, “The court awarded GHC 10,000 cedis cost against ASP. The court further granted an order of prohibition restraining the OSP from purporting to continue or conduct further investigations against the applicant”.
He stated that the ruling would aid in the restoration of his clients’ reputations, which had been “dragged through the mud” by the OSP’s report.