Former Minister and 3 Others In Shaanxi Bribery Scandal Acquitted and Discharged

A Circuit Court in Bolgatanga acquitted and discharged persons alleged to have been involved in the Shaanxi bribery case.

The accused persons were former Minister of State at the Presidency, Rockson Bukari, Charles Taleog Ndanbon and Maxwell Wooma, of the Shaanxi Mining Ghana Limited and Suwaid Abdul-Mumin, the former personal assistant of the former minister. They were accused of bribing an Investigative journalist with the EIB Network, Edward Adeti.

On a leaked tape, the former Minister of State and his accomplices were heard trying to bribe the Starr FM journalist Mr Adeti with a brand new motorbike and a cash of ¢5,000 to ‘kill’ the story.

Mr Bukari, however resigned in April 2019 after reports emerged that he had attempted to bribe a journalist to drop a story against Shaanxi mining firm.

But presiding over the case, Malcolm Bedrah ruled that the motorbike and the money that was promised to Mr Adeti, as a bribe be given to him.

The lawyers for the accused persons had filed a motion for submission of no case because the police prosecution team could not establish before the court that the complainant, Mr Adeti, was a public officer.

During the court proceedings, the lawyer, Joseph Awakpaksa said the journalist is a friend of one of his clients and had made a request for a motorbike and cash to help him after he had performed some assignments for him.

He stressed that apart from the journalist working in a private business entity coupled with the fact that he allegedly appealed to Mr Ndanbon for support, it could not be seen as grounds of justification of bribery.

The Judge then exonerated all the accused persons.