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Reduce my jail-term, I have many children – Jailed Assibit pleads

Source: Myjoyonline.com  

The businessman convicted with former lawmaker Abuga Pele over the misappropriation of GHS3.3million at GYEEDA had begged the court for a lenient sentence.

Lawyers for Philip Assibit pleaded with the trial judge not to give their client a ‘very long jail-term’ because he is a chief who has “unnumbered children.”

They had also argued the Nsawam prison was full and would be unable to accommodate more inmates, Joy News’ Joseph Ackah-Blay reported from the court Friday.

An Accra High Court ended one of the longest-running trials against an ex-top government official who was GYEEDA National Coordinator and another who was a businessman.

Mr Pele was accused of wilfully conniving with Goodwill International Group (GIG) CEO, Mr Assibit to dupe the state to the tune of GHS3.3million in the name of having provided a service for the Authority.

The businessman had said he recruited and trained at least 230 youth to support a World Bank-funded programme dubbed Youth Enterprise Development Programme (YEDP).

But no evidence was adduced to back his claim and many others he made to justify payments made to him by the Authority between 2011 and 2012.

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