Thursday, 21 April 2016

CCT: Bank documents against Saraki burnt in GTB- Witness says

As the trial of the senate president Bukola Saraki continues at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, the prosecution witness and an investigator with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Michael Wetkas, yesterday, told the tribunal that part of the financial documents indicting Saraki for money laundering had been destroyed in a fire incident at Guaranty Trust Banks, one of the banks said to have been used by Saraki.

According to Leadership, Wetkas, who was cross-examined by Saraki’s counsel, Paul Usoro, told the tribunal that some documents and telex relating to the transfer of funds from Saraki’s GTB account to foreign banks, had been burnt and that the bank had sworn to an affidavit and obtained a police statement where they stated that there was an inferno and part of the documents burnt were Saraki’s relating to the foreign transfer.
“There were also police report and an affidavit, which they (GTB) swore to, to show that some of the documents were burnt. There is an affidavit and I believe it was a fire outbreak.”

When asked to provide a copy of the bank's sworn affidavit, Wetkas said he could not find it. The trial continues today April 21st.

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