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The Supreme Court has thrown out the case of conflict of interest brought against New Patriotic Chairman Jake Obetsebi Lamptey by two members of government.
Deputy Information Minister Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwah and the Deputy Sports Minister Dr Omane Boamah sued the NPP Chair for allegedly attempting to buy a government bungalow he occupied as a minister of Tourism.

They accused the NPP Chair of abusing his office by grabbing a public property for his personal aggrandizement and prayed the court to stop any attempt by Jake Lamptey to acquire the property.

But by a 6-3 majority decision, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the respondent.

The court argued that the plaintiffs failed to prove the conflict of interest allegation it leveled against Jake Obetsebi Lamptey.

Joy News' Anny Osabutey reported that one of the judges, Justice J.S. Brobbey as saying the verdict should not be misconstrued as condoning the practice by which public officers exploit their official positions for private gain.

He would rather the property was given to the medical association for development as offices but was quick to add that allegations of conflict of interest and corruption against any public officer ought to be proven beyond all reasonable doubt.

Both Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa and Omane Boamah were in court and were not the least enthused by the ruling, Osabutey noted.

The NPP Chair was also present and relaxed but showed no emotion.

It is not clear if the plaintiffs will go for a judicial review of the decision.

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