Hot exchanges at Afoko’s trial

IT took the intervention of the judge of an Accra Magistrate’s Court, Worlanyo Kotoku, to calm down tempers yesterday, over what counsel for Gregory Afoko, described as an unnecessary delay by the prosecution in the trial of his client.

Gregory Afoko and one other at large, are facing a charge of murder, for allegedly killing the Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), last year.

The judge advised the parties in the matter not to be moved by emotions in their submission for justice to prevail, and adjourned the case to January 20.

This was after the prosecutor, Superintendent Francis Baah, had prayed the court for more time as they await the bill of indictment from the office of the Attorney General.

According to him, the bill of indictment was not ready at the time, and the prosecution was working hard to make available needed documents to fast-track the trial before the next adjourned date.

However, this submission did not go down well with the counsel of the accused, Bridget Ampadu, who said the prosecution should acquit the accused if they don’t have any evidence to try him.

“According to her, the never-ending adjournment, which had characterised the trail, infringed on the liberty of the accused.

On December 9, 2015, after the accused was charged with murder, there was heated legal exchanges in court when same submission was made by the prosecutor, Supt. Francis Baah.

It caused the counsel for the accused to pray the court to grant his client bail, which was later declined.

This followed a plea by the prosecutor, Sup. Baah, that an enquiry he made at the Attorney General’s Department to know the progress on the bill of indictment revealed that they had not completed it.

This submission dissatisfied the lawyer for the accused, Israel Akah, who made an application for bail on the basis that the state had expressed disinterest in the case.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme

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