Member of Parliament (MP) for Twifo Atti-Morkwa, David Vondee, has been acquitted and discharged by an Accra High Court on charges of defrauding by false pretences and money laundering.
The MP, who seemed to be surprised by the court’s ruling, asked his lawyer if he was indeed free.
“Counsel, am I free forever?” He asked.
The court, presided over by Justice Mary Maame Ekue Yanzuh, held that the State could not prove the charges.
The MP on hearing the acquittal shed tears in the dock.
The legislator, through his lawyer, filed a submission of no case after prosecution had closed its case.
The State had arraigned the MP and charged him for allegedly defrauding a private company of $2.4 million and money laundering between August 2015 and July 2016.
The MP denied the charges and was admitted to bail in the sum of GHC 2 million in May last year.
The Twifo Atti Morkwa MP was accused of collecting $2.4 million between August 2015 and July 2016 under the guise of selling a tract of land to a private company called, REI Ghana Limited.
Per the facts of the case, Mr Vondee reportedly presented himself as a Chief Executive Officer of another private company called, Klenam Construction Limited during the transaction.
He is said to have sold the land located at Frafraha in the Adentan Municipality in the Greater Accra Region to REI Ghana Limited.However, an investigation showed later, that Mr Vondee gave the company lands that did not belong to him and did not return the huge cash he collected from the company when the company demanded a refund of their money.