Alex Mould, the former CEO of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), and Gavivina Tamakloe were ordered by the High Court in Accra to pay the state GH5 million after they failed to turn over Sedinam Ationu Tamakloe.
Sedinam Attionu Tamakloe, the “absconded” former CEO of MASLOC, had two sureties sign the bail bond to guarantee her appearance in court for her trial.
But has been absent for the past 16 months.
In court on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 when the case was called, Justice Afia Serwaah Asare-Botwe said the court cannot wait any longer.
Correspondence from his lawyers to the court suggests that the accused who was granted request for medical evaluation on her spinal cord is requesting again for at least nine more months to undergo eye surgery.
But the court observed her to be “somebody who has opted to stay for medical tourism.”
Justice Asare-Botwe, now a Justice of the Court of Appeal said “an entire 16 months delay is more than enough time given and I do not think that anybody who is fair will complain about 16 months delay.”
To this, the court said, “the bail bond executed by the two sureties be forfeited to the Republic.”
According to EIB Network Legal Affairs Correspondent, Murtala Inusah, the court will consider the trial in absentia in two weeks (February 7).