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Kwabena Duffuor fights investigations over stealing, money laundering

A former Minister of Finance, Dr Kwabena Duffuor, has gone to court to stop the Special Investigating Team (SIT), the body set up to unravel why some seven indigenous banks collapsed, from inviting him over allegations of stealing and money laundering.

In his application filed at the Accra High Court last Thursday by his lawyer, Mr Simon Animley, the former Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG) stated that on January 8, 2020, the SIT wrote a letter inviting him to assist the team with investigations into allegations of stealing and money laundering.

Dr Duffuor, who is also the founder of uniBank, one of the collapsed banks, accused the SIT of threatening to arrest and detain him, a situation he said would humiliate and embarrass him.

Such a move, he argued, was a fundamental breach of his human rights on the basis that he had long ceased to be a board member of uniBank and had nothing to do with the bank’s collapse.

Apart from the main application, his lawyers have also filed an interlocutory application to stop the SIT from acting against their client until the final determination of the main application.

The main application and the interlocutory application had named Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Mr. Edward Tabiri, the leader of the SIT, as the defendant.

Reliefs

Dr. Duffuor is seeking certain reliefs from the court, including a declaration that the act by the SIT was a violation of his fundamental human rights as enshrined in the 1992 Constitution.

He also wants an order from the court directing the defendant to stop “his unlawful threats and harassment” against him.

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