Afoko’s lawyers protest

The lawyers for Gregory Afoko and two others alleged to have murdered Alhaji Adam Mahama, the Upper East Regional chairman of the New Patriotic Party, are unhappy about the delay in the prosecution of the case.

This was after the prosecutor in the case, Superintendent (Supt.) Francis Baah prayed the court for an adjournment because he was waiting for advice of the Attorney-General (A-G) , after forwarding the docket of the case to it.

The accused, Gregory Afoko, Issah Mussah and Asapke Alande, who is at large, are alleged to have murdered Mahama.

Supt. Baah said he was hopeful that by the next sitting of court, the advice of the A-G on the case would be ready.

Nana Esaa Bomfo and Adjei Mensah, the lawyers, complained that the prosecution had been giving the same excuse to the court, adding that the case had been on trial sluggishly for the past six months.

The counsels urged the prosecution to expedite action on the case, by making available all the necessary information or documents, and demanded the prosecution to put in place measures to avoid further delays.

Consequently, the court presided over by Worlanyo Kotoku adjourned the case to November, 25.

Supt. Baah had told the court that on May 20, this year, when Mahama was returning home and was about to enter his house at 11 pm, he was attacked by two men, who poured acid on him. The deceased raised the alarm, drawing the attention of the wife and other neighbours.

According to prosecution, the deceased mentioned Groggery Afoko and AsapkeAlande as those who poured the acid on him

The court heard that when Afoko was arrested the police realised that there were burns on his trousers, and following a forensic examination by the Ghana Standards Authority, it was proved that the trousers had contact with sulpheric acid.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme    

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