The suspects involved in the theft case at Cecilia Dapaah’s residence are scheduled to make their second court appearance on Tuesday.
This follows after the charge sheet was revised by police prosecutors, with the guidance of the Attorney General.
A total of eight individuals stand accused, facing charges related to theft and conspiracy to steal. These charges stem from their alleged involvement in the misappropriation of over $1 million and 300,000 Euros stolen from the former Sanitation Minister’s residence.
The initial court presentation saw seven out of the eight defendants brought before the judge on August 8, with one suspect still on the run. Out of the seven who faced arraignment, two were granted bail due to their status as lactating mothers.
Meanwhile, the remaining five were remanded in custody. The accused individuals include two house helps of the former minister and her spouse, Daniel Osei Kuffour. Their alleged actions involve embezzlement of substantial amounts and valuable items, which are believed to have been shared among other collaborators.
Following a public outcry, Cecilia Dapaah tendered her resignation on July 22. Subsequently, on July 24, 2023, officials from the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) took the former minister into custody and conducted a thorough search of her residence.
Notably, this search yielded a significant sum of US$590,000 and GHC2.730,000 in cash.
Furthermore, the OSP has taken the step to freeze all seven of her bank accounts as part of the ongoing investigation.
However, lawyers of Cecilia Dapaah argued in court that the mere fact that their client is being investigated for corruption is not enough grounds for her accounts to be frozen.