Lawyers representing individuals arrested in the money theft case involving former Minister Cecilia Abena Dapaah have expressed concerns about their clients’ inability to meet the bail conditions set by the Accra Circuit Court. Four out of seven accused persons have been granted bail, but there were difficulties in interpreting the bail conditions.
Sarah Agyei’s lawyer, Mr. Augustine Gyamfi, explained that their clients were attempting to fulfill the bail requirements but faced challenges with interpretation. They requested the court to modify the bail conditions. The court advised them to submit formal bail variation applications and provide details of the sureties.
The court emphasized the need for professionalism in handling the case and reminded lawyers not to succumb to public pressure, considering the seriousness of the allegations and potential consequences. The court also instructed the prosecution to refrain from unnecessary adjournments.
Malik Dauda, the fourth accused, was granted bail of GHC100,000 with two justifiable sureties residing within the jurisdiction. The prosecution mentioned that the docket had been submitted to the Attorney General’s office, and they were waiting for a response.
Notably, Patience Botwe, Christiana Achab, Job Pomary, and Malik Dauda were granted bail, while Sarah Agyei, Benjamin Sowa, and Yahaya Sumaila were not. One accused, Franklin Sarakpo, remains at large. All face charges of theft and dishonestly receiving stolen items related to the former Minister’s residence.
The court discharged Kwaku Botwe, Patience Botwe’s father, and noted that Franklin Sarakpo was still on the run. The complainants in the case are Mr. Daniel Osei Kufour and Mrs. Cecilia Abena Dapaah.
The case arose from a report of theft in June 2023, leading to the arrest of the accused. During a search of their rooms, significant amounts of money were discovered. The investigation revealed that the stolen money had been used to purchase property and new items.
The court adjourned the case to October 3, 2023, for further proceedings.