July 8, 2022

BoG To Appeal Court Ruling Reversing Revocation Of UniCredit’s Licence

The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has indicated that it will appeal a Court of Appeal ruling directing the central bank to reverse the revocation of the licence of Savings and Loans Company UniCredit in 2019 .

The Bank of Ghana said it has instructed its lawyers to appeal the decision in the interest of promoting financial stability in the country.

The Court of Appeal in its ruling yesterday July 7, described the Bank of Ghana’s decision to revoke the licence of UniCredit as wrong because the regulator did not go through the right procedure in taking the action.

Sources close to the Bank of Ghana noted that it has asked the Receiver of UniCredit to continue to perform his statutory functions while appeal processes are filed by the Central Bank.

By the ruling, the Court of Appeal reversed the earlier decision of the Human Rights Court dated 18th March 2021 which held that the Bank of Ghana followed the relevant laws and due process in revoking the licence of UniCredit Ghana.

The Court of Appeal declared as unlawful the decision by the Bank of Ghana to revoke the licence of UniCredit Savings and Loans.

In a unanimous decision, the Court quashed the revocation of the savings and loans firm’s licence which was contained in the Bank of Ghana’s notice, dated 16th August 2019.

The decision of the Court of Appeal chaired by Justice Suubaareh with Justice Merley Afua Wood and Justice Janapare A. Bartels as panel members was delivered on Thursday, July 7, 2022.

The revocation of the UniCredit licence was contained in Bank of Ghana’s notice dated August 16, 2019.

The Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court presided over by Justice Gifty Adjei Addo had in 2020 dismissed an application for Judicial Review filed by HODA Holding against the Central Bank, following the revocation of the operating licence.

Dissatisfied with the decision, lawyers of UniCredit filed an appeal against the judgement of the High Court, hence the latest verdict.

Source: JoyNews

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