The High Court in Accra has ruled that Minority Leader Dr Ato Forson and two other accused persons in the financial loss case involving the purchase of 50 ambulances during his time as Deputy Minister of Finance must open their defence. The decision follows the court’s finding that the prosecution has proven a prima facie case against the accused persons.
The trial, which began in 2022, has seen the state call five witnesses, including Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman Manu, officers from the Finance Ministry, Health Ministry, Ambulance Service, and the Economic and Organised Crime Office.
Forson and the two other accused persons are facing trial for allegedly causing financial loss in the purchase of the ambulances. After the last prosecution witness was discharged, the court adjourned the case to March 30 to rule on whether the state had established a prima facie case.
The ruling means that Forson and his co-accused will now have the opportunity to present their defence in court. The case has attracted significant attention, with many watching to see how it will unfold in the coming weeks.
The trial of Forson and the other accused persons underscores the importance of accountability and transparency in government procurement processes. It is hoped that the outcome of the case will serve as a deterrent to others who may be tempted to engage in corrupt practices.