Gregory Afoko unwell

Gregory Afoko

Gregory Afoko

An Accra Criminal High Court yesterday ordered re-examination of the health condition of Gregory Afoko, accused of murdering the late Upper East Regional chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Adam Mahama.

The court presided by a Court of Appeal judge, sitting as an additional High Court judge, Justice Lawrence Ladzagla Mensah, added that the report should be ready by January 31.

The order followed request of the court for a comprehensive medical report of the accused, which was complied on November 4, after he was sent to the  Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.

Prior to the order after a short meeting in chambers yesterday, the judge said Mr. Afoko, appeared sick and his arm was still swollen.

He further ordered the Director of Prisons to reach out to the doctor at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital to facilitate the process.

Consequently, the court adjourned the case to February 7.

Earlier, the Chief State Attorney, Mr. Mathew Amponsah told the court that at  the last time the case was adjourned, the accused was not well, and for that matter, the prosecution was not certain of his (accused) medical condition.

On the part of lawyer for the accused, Osafo Buabeng, he said the court ordered for a copy of the medical report, which they complied with.

He added that the condition of the accused was deteriorating and must be attended to.

At the last sitting on November 2, the court ordered the Director of the Nsawam Prison to furnish the court with the medical report of Gregory Afoko that confirmed to the court that the accused was indeed on admission at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.

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

The court 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 the then counsel for the accused, Israel Ackah, about the illhealth of his client, and urged 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 bodily 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.


By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme

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