01 August 2017

AMERI investigation: I’m afraid CID may set me up – Ayine

Former Deputy Attorney General Dr Dominic Ayine has said he’s frightened the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service may incriminate him by setting him up in relation to the investigations into the vexed $510million power deal between the erstwhile Mahama led-government and the Africa and Middle East Resources Investment Group’s (AMERI Energy).

According to him, his fear is that the CID may possibly end up tampering with his laptop in its [CID’s] custody by hacking into it and installing emails that he didn’t write just to implicate him.

CID officer last week backed by a warrant stormed the residence of Dr Ayine who’s also Bolgatanga East MP and seized his phones and laptop as part of efforts to establish incriminating evidence against him since he has been charged with causing financial loss to the state in relation to the deal which was signed while he was Deputy AG.

He had same as exeperience as former Power Minister Dr Kwabena Donkor, former Deputy Power Minister John Jinapor and former Co-ordinator of the Emergency Power Programme at the Ministry of Energy, Francis Gyata, all of whose homes were searched as part of investigations into the same AMERI deal.

Speaking to Class FM Tuesday, 1 August, Dr Ayine expressed confidence he’ll come out of the probe unscathed as hasn’t committed any wrong.

“I have nothing to hide and I just hope that when the warrant said I have caused financial loss to the state that is what they are investigating. If they are investigating other crimes, that would be grossly unlawful. And in any case, even if they are investigating other crime, I have nothing to hide.

“My only fear is that given what they are doing now, they could tamper with the laptop, hack into it, install emails that I didn’t write, put matters there that I didn’t communicate and so on and so forth, but I don’t want to preempt anything. I just hope that the men and women of the Ghana Police Service who came and who are working on this case will have sufficient integrity to be able to say that, ‘When they took my phones, these are the conversations that I had with anybody connected with the AMERI deal. And I can assure that none of those conversations concerned any act of criminality,” he said.

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