An Accra High Court has ordered for former Chief Executive of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), Dr. Stephen Opuni, to open his defense in the case in which he has been accused of willfully causing financial loss to the State.
The order was given after the Court, presided over by Justice Clemence Hornyenugah disagreed with Dr. Opuni and his Lawyers that the State has succeeded in proving that there is a case to answer to.
According to the court, the state was successful in leading evidence that proves that his response is required in respect of allegedly causing financial loss to the state to the tune of Gh¢217 million.
The Court said out of the 27 charges levelled against Dr Opuni and Businessman, Seidu Agongo, the State successfully proved that they had at least 24 of them to answer to.
The case has therefore been adjourned to May 17.