President Kufuor’s government initiated criminal proceedings against the former GNPC CEO.

The case dragged on for six years and is believed to have been one of the longest trial by the state against a public officer in Ghana. At a point, a constitutional question came up during the trial and was pending determination by the Supreme Court.

The court was to settle the matter on June 25, 2008. But before the case could be determined the trial judge at the Accra Fast Track High Court moved to deliver judgment much to the surprise of the accused.

He was jailed five years in a trial which Tsatsu Tsikata and the NDC said smacks of political persecution.

As he was forced by a wrong application of law into jail, Tsikata again indicated he was also forced out of jail by the granting of an unconditional pardon by President John Kufuor in the last days of the NPP government in January 2009.

He was then hospitalised at Korle-Bu after a severe asthmatic attack. He effectively spent about six months in jail serving the term.

“The pardon that was supposedly granted me is something I rejected immediately …because it given in bad faith” he told Joy News’ Joseph Ackah-Blay after emerging from the court.

He explained that he was interested in justice and not mercy hence his appeal to challenge the basis of the 2008 judgment.

“What the court has done today is to decide the merits of this case and therefore set aside the [earlier] judgment and I am now acquitted and discharged” he said.