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A Former Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Tsatsu Tsikata, says he still stands by his decision not to accept the Presidential pardon after being imprisoned for willfully causing financial loss to the State through a loan that the GNPC guaranteed for Valley Farms, a private cocoa-growing company.

In an interview on an Accra based Television Station, Mr. Tsikata said his June 18, 2008 conviction was politically motivated.

He later appealed against his sentence at the Court of Appeal and was accordingly acquitted and discharged.

The Court of Appeal held that he was denied a fair trial when the High Court gave a judgment in spite of a pending appeal.

He was offered a Presidential pardon by former President Kufuor but he rejected it on the grounds that his trial was politically motivated and that he did nothing wrong.

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