Judge urges speedy trial of Afoko’s case

Paul-Afoko-NPPThe judge hearing the suit filed by former New Patriotic Party (NPP) National Chairman, Paul Afoko,has indicated that any delay in the trial of the case could be detrimental to his rights.

The judge, Justice Anthony Yeboah, who made the remarks yesterday in court said the suit is about the human rights of an individual and therefore should not be unduly delayed.

He thus asked lawyers in the case to ensure they file the necessary documents needed by the close of day yesterday to enable pre-trial of the case to begin today.

Mr. Afoko in 2015 filed the suit challenging his suspension as National Chairman of the NPP.

According to Mr Afoko, the action and processes leading to his suspension by the party were unconstitutional and a breach of natural justice.

The NPP’s National Executive Committee suspended Paul Afoko in October 2015 for “misconduct”. The decision was adopted by the party’s National Council, which is the second highest decision making body of the party after congress.

Mr. Afoko rejected the reasons for his suspension and subsequently sued the party for taking such an action against him.

The suspended Chairman had earlier described his suspension as unconstitutional and a breach of natural justice.

“The illegal National Executive Committee meeting adopted the illegal recommendations of the disciplinary committee following the rules and procedures laid down by the constitution by appealing against these illegalities,” he complained.

Mr. Afoko had alleged that the party’s action against him was masterminded by some members of the party who opposed his candidature before his election.


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