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    MR. KOMLA GBEDEMAH, THE FORMER GHANA FINANCE MINISTER, WHO WAS EXILED DURING THE NKRUMAH REGIME,?

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    GBEDEMAH SPEAKING: PRESSMEN: PHOTOGRAPHERS.




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    Background: MR. KOMLA GBEDEMAH, THE FORMER GHANA FINANCE MINISTER, WHO WAS EXILED DURING THE NKRUMAH REGIME, THIS WEEK CHALLENGED THE FINDING OF A COMMISSION OF THE RULING NATIONAL LIBERATION COUNCIL, THAT HE MISAPPROPRIATED 17,000 STERLING (40,800 DOLLARS) FROM THE STATE. MR GBEDEMAH TOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE ON MONDAY (19 MAY) THAT THE PUBLICATION OF THE COMMISSION'S REPORT JUST AFTER THE BAN ON POLITICAL PARTIES HAD BEEN LIFTED WAS AN ATTEMPT TO OBLITERATE HIS POLITICAL IMAGE.

    MR. GBEDEMAH IS A LEADING MEMBER OF THE NEWLY-FORMED NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF LIBERALS PARTY, WHICH PLANS TO CONTEST THE ELECTIONS DUE BEFORE A RETURN TO CIVILIAN GOVERNMENT IN THE AUTUMN.

    HE CALLED THE PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE THAT HE HAD SENT A PETITION TO THE NATIONAL LIBERATION COUNCIL DECLARING HIS INNOCENCE. IN THE PETITION HE DENIED THAT HE HAD EVER TAKEN MONEY ILLEGALLY FROM THE STATE, AND ASKED THAT A CHECK BE MADE OF ACCOUNTS WHICH LED THE JIAGGE ASSETS COMMISSION TO FIND AGAINST HIM.

    THE COMMISSION PUBLISHED ITS FINDINGS IN A WHITE PAPER ON MAY 12, STATING THAT MORE THAN 500,000 STERLING (1.2 MILLION DOLLARS) WOULD BE RECLAIMED FROM 21 PEOPLE WHO, IT ALLEGED, ILLEGALLY OBTAINED FUNDS WHILE HOLDING OFFICE UNDER FORMER PRESIDENT KWAME NKRUMAH.

    MR. GBEDEMAH SAID AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE THAT THE TIMING OF THE COMMISSION REPORT HAD BEEN USED AS A POLITICAL WEAPON. HE SAID SOME PEOPLE WERE USING EVERY STRATEGY TO PREVENT HIS PARTICIPATION IN THE POLITICAL LIFE OF THE COUNTRY. THE NATIONAL LIBERATION COUNCIL WOULD HAVE TO TAKE HIM TO JAIL IF THEY REQUIRED A REFUND OF MONEY HE DID NOT STEAL, HE SAID, BECAUSE ALL HIS PROPERTY WAS PLEDGED AS SECURITY FOR BANK LOANS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAFC5VPHW1RAQRJVVDPNMZVJFE
    Media URN:
    VLVAFC5VPHW1RAQRJVVDPNMZVJFE
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/05/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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