The Anti-Corruption Commission has exonerated former Transport and Communication Minister, Dr. Prince Harding and three others following investigations in the helicopter crash that killed 21 mostly Togolese nationals on 3 June last year, according to press release from the commission.
However, the ACC says the files in respect of the said case are available for further investigations for any other offences outside the Anti-Corruption Act 2000, which the office of the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice may wish to conduct.
According to the commission there is no sufficient evidence to bring charges against the four.
Also exonerated are the former Permanent Secretary, Abdul Rahman Wurie; the Deputy Director of Civil Aviation, Badara Allieu Tarawally and the Director of Civil Aviation, George Tamba Gbon’bor.
The men were arrested on the orders of the ACC, just days after the helicopter crash. According to the commission at the time, they had solicited and accepted favours, a euphemism for taking bribes, from the Paramount Airlines which operated the helicopter.
Dr Harding later resigned his ministerial post protesting his innocence.