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Ex-MASLOC boss has not absconded from her criminal trial

Media reports, suggesting that the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC), who is facing trial for causing financial loss to the state, is running away from prosecution, has been declared as false.

It, follows a bench warrant issued by an Accra High Court for the arrest of Mrs. Sedina Christine Tamakloe Attionu, who is currently out of the country for medical check-up upon a permission by the court.

But The Herald, has established that the inability of Mrs. Sedina Attionu, who is standing trial on the loss of the sum of GH¢93 million, to appear in court on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, was not deliberate, but rather, purely as a result of ill-health.

Mrs. Sedina Attionu, this paper, learnt has been unwell for some time now, and had sought permission from the court to enable her travel to the United States of America (USA) for medical treatment; which the court granted her since August this year.

This was after the former MASLOC boss’ local doctors made an appointment for her somewhere in the middle of August 2021, to seek further treatment outside the country.

However, Mrs. Sedina Attionu, could not obtain her visa till the end of August 2021. Her new appointment was therefore rescheduled for September 29.

Reports are that after seeing the doctor on the 29th of September, several tests were requested and her follow-up appointment was on the 10th of November.

Unfortunately, however, Mrs. Sedina Attionu’s doctor, had an emergency issue which he needed to deal with, so most of his November appointments with patients were rescheduled to December. Sedina’s appointment for instance, was rescheduled for Wednesday, December 8, 2021, this paper has gathered.

The Herald, has learnt that at both instances, there was communication from Mrs. Sedina Attionu’s Doctors to the court. However, on this second occasion which necessitated the bench warrant, the judge did not accept the communication hence, issued the warrant.

It, therefore, came as a surprise to many that the ex-MASLOC boss had absconded.

Those familiar with the trip, say she is expected to return to Ghana soon, after her appointment with her Doctors are done.

Checks revealed, the accused person has been attending all the court processes since the criminal charges were made against her in March 2017.

Even though, she was out of the jurisdiction at the time, she managed to return into the country in the bid to clear her name and has religiously attended court proceedings since January 4, 2019.

Meanwhile, during the last sitting when she did not appear before the court, Lawyer Samuel Osei Sarfo, who held brief for Agbesi Dzakpasu, counsel for the accused person, told the court that a letter had been sent from the hospital where Madam Sedina Attionu, was receiving treatment.

He said, the letter indicated that Mrs. Sedina Attionu, needed to undergo a second scan, having already undertaken one previously.

He told the court, they only received the letter on Monday and were yet to file it, so the court will get it copy, and requested that the case be adjourned to December 10, for continuation, but the court presided over by Justice Afia Serwaa Asare-Botwe, was not impressed, saying, “I will not sit here and know the law and decide not to use it.”

Augustines Obuor, counsel for Mr Axim, urged the court to exercise some restraint as the accused person was not on a pleasure trip, but due to ill- health.

Stella Ohene Appiah, a Principal State Attorney, did not oppose the request by the defense lawyer who had passionately pleaded with the court to be magnanimous with Mrs. Sedina Attionu one more time.

But Justice Asare-Botwe after listening to the parties held that the court will err on the side of caution, and issue a warrant for the arrest of Mrs. Sedina Attionu, and subsequently did so.

The case was adjourned to December 15, 2021.

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