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THE REPUBLIC
V.
EUGENE BAFFOE BONNIE

(2020) JELR 80375 (HC)    
High Court  ·  SUIT NO. CR/904/2017 ·  12 May 2020 ·  Ghana
CORAM
Eric K. Baffour, Esq. (Justice of Appeal)

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nca
a2
a1
court
prosecution
financial loss
exhibits
accused persons
reasonable doubt
pp’ series
burden of proof
supreme court
criminal action
national security coordinator
national security council secretariat
a1 claim
board member
purchase of a cyber-surveillance equipment
33rd meeting of fincom
4th accused
approval threshold of gh
board of the national communications authority
budget capture
close of the case of prosecution
committee of the nca
contravention of the public procurement act
criminal offences act
dr. isaac yaw ani
finance director of nca
former chairperson of the board of nca
former director-general of nca
image of a visible pure white horse
institutional support
law prosecution
modern equipment
name nso group technologies ltd
necessary required processes
part of the proceedings
phone calls
procurement laws of the country
public office
purchase of such equipment
pw2 claim
sufficient evidence
supplementary budgets of nca
support of its case
use of its monies
use of nca
work essentials of ghana law of evidence

BAFFOUR, J.A.

“...the Pegasus as well known is a Greek mythical immortal winged horse endowed with supernatural powers that served as a breakthrough to freedom. My Lord, everybody wants freedom and the name itself suggests that it has very powerful capabilities, that is the Pegasus system”

Per the 4th Accused, Alhaji Salifu Mimina Osman on the 18th day of February, 2020 at page 6 of the proceedings on that day. Indeed Pegasus, the offspring of the Olympian god Poseidon is captured in the image of a visible pure white horse in Greek mythology. He was caught by Bellerophon and was ridden on to defeat chimera. In an attempt to reach mount Olympus, this winged horse was transformed into a constellation in the northern sky.

The manufacture and sale by an Israeli company by name NSO Group Technologies Ltd (NSO) of a modern equipment, named after this Greek mythical figure having the functionalities, among others, of monitoring phone calls, including those of Whatsapp (see page 2 of the proceed…

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