Good name they say they is better than riches and it seems Tsatsu Tsikata, former Ghanan National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) Chief Executive is all about this—as he has started a courtroom drama to clear his name many years after he was sentenced for willfully causing financial loss to the state.
Tsikata, a legal luminary was in 2008 found guilty on three counts of wilfully causing financial loss of GH¢230,000 to the state and another count of misapplying public property.
Though he has served his sentence, he has filed a case at the Appeals Court challenging the sentence that was meted out to him for wilfully causing financial loss to the state—stating among other things that, the trial judge erred in law and was somewhat biased.
In his grounds of appeal, filed on June 30, 2016 at the Court of Appeal, he stated that; “The trial judge claimed that accused was a member of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) government, a matter which had no relevance to the case before her and on which no evidence had been led,” reports MyJoyOnline.
He added; “Trial judge showed manifest bias against the accused/appellant in the conduct of the trial and particularly, in proceeding to deliver judgement on the morning of June 18, 2008. The June 18 had not been set for judgement in the case and no notice had been served on the accused to that effect.”
On June 18, 2008, Mr. Tsatsu Tsikata was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment by the Accra Fast Track High Court for causing financial loss to the state because of a loan the GNPC guaranteed for Valley Farms, a private cocoa-growing company in 1991 which the company failed to pay, burdening GNPC to make the repayment in 1996.