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    Special Prosecutor drops case against Mahama Ayariga

    The case against Bawku Central MP Mahama Ayariga has been withdrawn by Special Prosecutor Kissi Agyebeng.

    He believes it will be a waste of time for the state and would end up like other cases.
    The case, which was closed on Monday, October 11th, involved claims of using public position for personal gain.

    “If we open this case further and get to a length where it will only be dismissed on the basis of no case to answer, it will be a complete waste of time,” Mr Agyebeng told media at the press conference.

    Former Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu, who resigned in November, initiated the allegations against the Bawku Central MP.

    Mr Ayariga and six others were charged by the former Special Prosecutor with violating procurement procedures in the purchase of ambulances for his constituency and tax evasion in the importation of “luxury” automobiles.

    An Accra High Court cleared and discharged Bawku Central MP on corruption charges stemming from his purchase of an ambulance for the Bawku Municipal Assembly in May of this year.

    The former Special Prosecutor filed one of two complaints against him and six individuals for suspected law violations relating to public procurement.

    The case revolved around the legislator’s suspected use of a parliamentary loan to buy a V8 automobile for official usage.

    But today’s development indicates that “as it stands, there’s no charge against Mr Mahama Ayariga,” the SP said.

    Counsel for the MP, Godwin Edudzi Tamakloe, has welcomed the decision saying he was not surprised by the outcome.

    “He [Special Prosecutor] indicated that the evidential standard required in a criminal trial is proof beyond a reasonable doubt, and he is unable to do that with the evidence available to him. So we are grateful to him and the courts for what has happened today,” he said.

    credit: myjoyonline.com

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