Software of Pegasus machine changed into taken away for non payment – Investigator
On Thursday, the Investigator inside the National Communication Authority (NCA) trial admitted that the Pegasus gadget purchased was acquired. Still, the software program that might have made it operational changed into taken away utilizing the Israeli company after installation. Chief Inspector Michael Nkrumah said the Israeli corporation took the software away because the system had now not been paid for.
Chief Inspector Nkrumah turned into answering questions from Mr. Randolph Twumasi Ankrah, Counsel for George Derek Oppong, at an Accra High Court (Commercial Division).
Eugene Baffour Bonnie, former NCA Board Chairman, Matthew William Tetteh Tevie, Nana Ensaw, a former NCA Board member, Alhaji Osman Minima, former Deputy National Security Coordinator, George Derick Oppong, Managing Director of Infraclock Limited (IDL) are being held for wilfully causing monetary loss to the state.
They are in court docket over the purchase of a Pegasus system at a value of 8 million dollars that’s presently no longer functioning. All the accused men and women have denied the charges and are currently on bail.
The Investigator admitted that the Pegasus turned into set up at Alhaji Baba Kamara, former National Security Coordinator’s residence; however, they stated that the gadget had changed into now not used for the nation’s advantage.
According to the Investigator, the system was used privately subsequently in his replica docket to the Attorney General Office. He stated that announcement in the docket.
Chief Inspector Michael Nkrumah, however, told the court docket presided over by way of Mr. Justice Eric Kyei Baffour that he couldn’t tell who used it privately. When provided IDL’s Ecobank Account as of May 6, 2016, the Investigator instructed the court docket that IDL had GHC2,578,281.00 in its account.
The Investigator denied that he asked Oppong how IDL changed into going to pay for the Pegasus Machine during his investigations.
He similarly denied that Oppong informed him that IDL had invested portions of the money paid by the NCA in agencies of the IDL, including that there was an indication that a part of the money was invested.
Question: Two Million dollars has been invested in IDL commercial enterprise, which changed into what Oppong informed you.
Answer: Yes, it’s far accurate.
Question: It turned out of the amount that IDL re-stressed 1,000,000 greenbacks to NCA?
Answer: No, my Lord.
The Investigator said he became not conscious that Oppong was selected by NSO, an Israeli agency, to be a reseller of the Pegasus gadget in Ghana. Chief Inspector Nkrumah admitted that Oppong mentioned to him that he (Oppong) got to understand that NCA desired to purchase a Pegasus system thru one Peninah Yar Yeh.
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