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Kpemka: Building strong case critical to prosecute NAM1

The former Deputy attorney general Joseph Dindiok Kpemka has refuted claims suggesting there are no existing laws to prosecute Nana Appiah Mensah (NAM1), the CEO of the defunct gold dealership firm, Menzgold,

The EOCO boss Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah is reported to have said it was becoming difficult to prosecute NAM1 due to insufficient evidence.

However, speaking to Kwaku Nhyira-Addo on The Asaase Breakfast Show on Tuesday (23 August), Kpemka said: “It is not entirely accurate [for the EOCO Boss] to say that there are no laws to charge NAM1.”

“The fact remains that several hundreds of people are involved [in the NAM1 case] who have been allegedly defrauded. The case must thus be couched in such a way that it will encapsulate all of them.

“If the EOCO boss is asking for [creation of] specific laws that tackle such issues in the frame of NAM1 then perhaps it can be taken to the floor of Parliament for debate,” Kpemka said.

Strong case
Kpemka said gathering information is crucial to building a strong case that will ensure any person found culpable in connection with the scandal faces the full rigorous of the law.

“It is important that the true actor who engineered the ‘fall’ of the company [NAM1] is identified and sanctioned accordingly; if found guilty.

“You have to establish the full facts before you can charge NAM1… This means that all the individuals involved must be interrogated to ensure accuracy of information before going to court if you do not do this and you go to court then the case may be struck out,” he said.

NAM1 is currently on bail following his arrest on 11 July 2019, upon his return to the country from Dubai, where he was put in detention on charges of defrauding a business partner.

After months of legal tussle in Dubai, NAM1 was released as prosecutors could not prove their case of fraud against him, apparently paving the way for him to come back to Ghana to stand trial.

He was initially charged for money laundering and defrauding by false pretences by taking deposits without a licence.

He is facing over 50 charges.

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