A former Deputy Finance Minister, Dr Cassiel Ato Forson, has pleaded not guilty to the charge of willfully causing a financial loss to the tune of €2.3 million to the state.
The Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam MP also pleaded not guilty to the charge of intentionally misapplying public property in the defective ambulance saga.
Two other accused persons who were arraigned together with him, Sylvester Anemana, a former Chief Director of the Ministry of Health and Richard Jakpa, local representative of Big Sea General Trading Limited also pleaded not guilty and were all granted bail in sums totalling ¢8 million.
The case relates to the procurement of some 200 ambulances by the then NDC government.
Appearing before court on Tuesday, the Attorney General (AG) Godfred Yeboah Dame who was in court together with his two deputies – Alfred Tuah-Yeboah and Diana Asonaba Dapaah and two State Attorneys did not oppose the grant of bail.
Except to urge the court to admit the Ranking Member of the Finance Committee, Dr Forson to a self recognisance bail because he is a public officer.
The second accused person was granted bail of ¢1 million, while the third accused was granted bail of ¢5 million.