The Employment Tribunal in the UK has unanimously dismissed the case involving a Ghanaian employee, Mark Arthur, and the Ghana International Bank PLC.
The tribunal, presided over by Employment Judge Glennie, dismissed the two complaints of automatic unfair dismissal and failure to pay holiday pay on withdrawal against the bank.
Among the reasons cited by the tribunal was the fact that one of evidence given by the complainant, which was the transaction involving the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu, could not be further interrogated as he is not a party to the case, and the tribunal has not heard any evidence from him.
“The Tribunal observes that there is at the centre of this case a transaction involving an account holder with the Respondent, namely the King of the Ashanti people, his Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, to whom we will refer as “the King”. The King is not a party to this case and the Tribunal has not heard any evidence from him. The Tribunal has not been called upon to reach any judgment about the significance of any actions on the King’s part and we have not done so,” the judgement read.
The case generated a lot of buzz in Ghana after the name of Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II popped up during the trial.
The Asantehene’s name popped up in the UK media, in a suspected money laundering case, after he sent a bank official to deposit a cash amount of £350,000 on his behalf.
According to the UK’s Telegraph, when Osei Tutu II, summoned Mark Arthur to his multi-million-pound residence in Henley-on-Thames and handed him a bag containing almost £200,000 in sterling as well as $200,000 in US currency with consecutive serial numbers, the bank official felt it inappropriate to ask too many questions.
However, the subsequent deposit of the cash at the Ghana International Bank, triggered a money laundering alert in the City of London and cost Mr. Arthur his job.
Asantehene money laundering claims baseless – Ghana Intl. Bank
The Ghana International Bank has since clarified that there is no suggestion of money laundering allegations against the Asantehene.
A statement from the UK-based bank, asserted that, the ongoing litigation between the bank and a former Executive Director, Mark Arthur, concerned breaches of the Bank’s internal policies and UK laws.
These breaches were said to have happened when Mr. Arthur carried out a transaction on behalf of the Asantehene, reportedly involving £350,000.
By: Jonas Nyabor/citifmonline.com/Ghana