The Republic vrs Dr. Kwabena Opuni's case is set for hearing on Friday, March 23, 2018.
Justice authorities brought the charges "because they believed there were infractions in the award of contracts during Opuni's tenure", Fiifi Boafo, a special assistant to current Ghana Cocoa Board CEO Joseph Boahen Aidoo, said in a broadcast on Citi FM.
Dr Opuni was relieved of his post on January 12, 2017.
The State has leveled a total of 27 charges against Dr. Opuni along with Businessman cum Chief Executive Officer of Zeera Group of Companies, Alhaji Seidu Agongo and Agricult Ghana Ltd.
On the charge of conspiracy to commit crime namely, Willfully causing financial loss to the state contrary to sections 23 (1) and 179A (3)(a) of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29), the state says the two during the period mentioned agreed to act together with a common goal to willfully cause financial loss to the state.
The state has filed a case of financial loss against Dr Stephen Kwabena Opuni, a former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana COCOBOD with one Seidu Agongo.
According to the suit, Mr. Agongo and Agricult Limited falsely obtained the amount between 2013 and November 2014 by representing COCOBOD to supply Lithovit Follar Fertilizer from Germany for application by farmers on cocoa for the 2013/2014 cocoa season.
Between November 2014 and November 2015, Dr Opuni according to the state again abetted Seidu Agongo and Agricult Ghana Ltd to defraud COCOBOD of the sum of Gh₵75,289,314.72.