Supreme Court throws out review of Ibrahim Mahama mining lease Featured

Ibrahim Mahama’s bid to enlarge his business interests by dodgy legal leveraging on bauxite deposits appears to have run into a ditch.

The Supreme Court yesterday dismissed a review application challenging its decision to declare as invalid three mining leases, all granted to Mr Mahama’s Exton Cubic Group on the eve of the exit from Jubilee House of his brother, former President John Mahama.

Dismissing the application in an emphatic, 5-2 majority decision, the court, presided over by Chief Justice Anin-Yeboah, said the reasons for its decision will be filed at the court registry.

No right

In June last year, a five-member panel of the court unanimously declared the leases as invalid, arguing that they had not been ratified by Parliament. Consequently, Exton Cubic had no existing right to those leases.

It accordingly quashed a previous favourable decision of the high court which, the apex court said, was shielding a non-existent right.

The court also held that the high court committed an error when it quashed a letter from the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources revoking the mining leases.

“Error of law”

Not satisfied with the decision, Exton Cubic filed for a review.

Counsel for the company, Osafo Buabeng, argued that the Supreme Court committed an error of law by enforcing the constitution in a matter that had to with its supervisory jurisdiction and not original jurisdiction.

Making the state’s response, Deputy Attorney General Godfred Yeboah Dame urged the court to dismiss the review application, arguing that it was a rehash of the submission the company presented in the original case before the Supreme Court.

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