From his previous stance, the embattled Accountant of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) who has been imprisoned for a fortnight now has expressed his willingness to plead guilty to stealing.
Prior to Tuesday’s hearing in Tamale High Court presided over by His Lordship Richard Kogyapwa, Mr. Osman Jamal-Deen, who is facing charges of stealing and forgery, had pleaded not guilty.
He is, however, willing to change his plea if the prosecution agrees to his terms for restitution and restitution to the state.
In this regard, a formal application has been forwarded to the Attorney General’s Department as well as the Director of Public Prosecutions for advice.
He is permitted to plead guilty, pay the amount involved, and then pay additional money as reparation or compensation to the state under Section 35 of the Courts Act.
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Meanwhile, he has been remanded into prison custody and is scheduled to appear in court on June 21, 2021, after his lawyer, Douglas Kwame Adjei, was denied bail.
As a result, he will be held for an additional two weeks while the Attorney General’s Department considers his request.
Mr. Osman Jamal-Deen allegedly forged the signature of the facility’s Medical Superintendent and issued NIB cheques totaling GHC 580,288.17.
The total face value of the numerous cheques is GHC336,599.17, which was stolen from the Buipe Internally Generated Drug Account at the NIB Tamale Main Branch.
The facility’s Medical Superintendent discovered the crime, reported it to the Regional Director, and then had the suspect arrested.
The Ghana Health Service then formed a fact-finding committee to audit the embattled accountant and corroborate findings, which was followed by a disciplinary committee to take him through disciplinary proceedings.