Court demands medical report of Gregory Afoko

Gregory AfokoAn Accra Criminal High court has ordered the Director of the Nsawan Prison to furnish the court with the medical report of Gregory Afoko.

That would confirm to the court that the accused is indeed on admission at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.

It said it would not be proper for the new counsel Mr. Osafo Buabeng, to orally inform the court about the accused’s admission.

The court presided over by Mr. Justice Lawrence Ladzagla Mensah on October 11, ordered the Director of Medical Services at the Nsawam Prisons to refer Gregory Afoko to the nearest hospital for medical attention.

It followed a plea by counsel for the accused, Israel Ackah, over the ill health of his client, and sought the court to make an order for urgent medical attention.

Gregory Afoko, who is facing trial for allegedly murdering the Upper East Regional chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), is said to be suffering from body pains and swollen arm.

Following the plea, the court ordered that the accused be given medical attention.

The judge also charged the prisons to institute the necessary security measures to prevent any eventuality.
Consequently, he adjourned the case to November 1, after it was established that one of the jurors hearing the matter was indisposed.

Earlier, the Chief State Attorney, Matthew Amponsah, prayed the court to change the interpreter, considering the inconsistencies in his submissions at the last sitting.

According to him, the interpretor might compromise the case due to some lapses in his work.

However, Israel Ackah opposed to the plea and asked the court to maintain him (interpreter), for the case had just begun.
Subsequently, the parties in the matter went into the chamber of the judge to resolve the misunderstanding.


By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme

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