Court strikes out three charges in Mahama Ayariga’s case


An Accra High Court has struck out three charges levelled against the Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga.

Another charge against a businessman who allegedly assisted the MP to evade taxes was also struck out.

The charges were fraudulent evasion of customs duties and taxes, dealing in foreign exchange without license and transfer of foreign exchange from Ghana through an unauthorized dealer.

The court said the particulars of those offences did not relate to corruption or corruption related offences and are, therefore, not under the remit of the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP).

The MP is now facing a charge of using public office for private benefit, in that particular case.

 

Background

The Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu sued the Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga.

Joined to the suit was one Kendrick Akwasi Marfo of ATLAS-Rent-A-Car Company.

The writ filed said “Mahama Ayariga aged 44 years in November 2017 at Tema in the Greater Accra Region did fraudulently evade customs duties and taxes by paying GH¢6,062.86 instead of the approved duties and taxes of GH¢36,597.15 to clear three Toyota V8 Land Cruisers.”

He was also accused of allegedly abusing his office as a public officer for his private benefit by “selling three Toyota V8 Land Cruisers with registration numbers GR 2220-18, GR 2221-18 and GR 2222-18 meant to be used for your official duties as a Member of Parliament to Kendrick Akwasi Marfo of ATLAS-Rent-A-Car at a price of GH¢40,000 each.”

The Bawku Central MP was also among other things being accused by the Special Prosecutor of transferring “foreign exchange from Ghana through an unauthorised dealer contrary to sections 15(3) and 29(1) of the Foreign Exchange Act 2006, Act 723.”

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