General News of Sunday, 13 January 2019
Renowned Ghanaian lawyer, Maurice Ampaw, has claimed that the warrant issued for the arrest of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Menzgold Ghana Limited, Nana Appiah Mensah, is fake.
Speaking on Asempa FM, he explained that there are a number of features on the warrant that makes it invalid.
This, he went on to say, could render the document bogus and invalid.
An Accra Circuit Court, on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, issued a warrant for the arrest of Mensah, better known as NAM1 and two others, Rose Tetteh believed to be his wife, and his sister Benedicta Mensah, for defrauding customers by “false pretence.”
The issuance of the warrant comes on the back of a demonstration in the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi, by some angry Menzgold customers who burnt vehicle tyres and blocked a major road in demand of their funds.
Adomonline, however, reports that Ampaw, throwing more light on some technicalities, said that “the warrant was done in a haste. The Supreme Court is on vacation hence no judge has resumed work.
We can’t use the president against NAM1 but rather they had to use the state to declare NAM1 wanted. The president cannot be a party to a criminal suit. It amounts to abuse.”
He also noted that the warrant is an old type and the registrar of the court needs to be queried, in order to establish if he is part of the conspiracy.
“Under which influence do you sign such a document knowing it’s coming from a Supreme Court, which is on vacation? How can the president be in this matter?” he queried.
With regard to the way forward, Ampaw advised the Menzgold customers not to jubilate because “there is nothing good that will come out of NAM1’s arrest.”
He revealed that the “arrest will lead to bail and after it’s all about adjournment,” so the customers to rather “push the government to sit down and reason together with NAM1 to look into his business so we know how to go forward.”