Processes for Afoko’s trial fixed for Feb. 18

A magistrate’s Court in Accra, has fixed February 18 to begin committal proceedings on Gregory Afoko,who allegedly poured acid on Adams Mahama, the Upper East Regional chairman of the New Patriotic Party, and thus terminated his life.

The committal proceeding would pave way for Afoko to stand trial at the High Court over the charge of murder.

At the court on Thursday, Mr. Mathew Amponsah, Chief State Attorney, said all was set for the committal proceedings to begin at the next adjourned date.

He said the state had filed the bill of indictment and summary of evidence, adding, “We are here before you for direction that is a date for committal”.

Mr. Israel Ackah, who represented Afoko, said they were happy that all was set for the committal process to begin.

He said they had also been served with the bill of indictment but did not have the medical report of the deceased, for which they had written to the Attorney-General

Responding, Mr. Amponsah admitted that they omitted the medical report and that it would be provided to the defence.

The court, presided over by Mr. Worlanyo Kotoku, said there was proof of service on the court records and a certificate of service was dated on February 3,this year.

It, therefore, adjourned the matter to February 18.

Afoko, on a number of occasions, sought bail but the court turned it down.

His lawyers had argued that he had been incarcerated for more than eight months and his personal liberty was at stake, hence he should be admitted to bail.

Afoko has been charged for murder, while his alleged accomplice, Musah Issah, is being held for abetment of crime. Their pleas have not been taken.

On July 10, the Magistrate’s Court, presided over by Mr Worlanyo Kotoku, admitted Issah to bail in the sum of GH¢ 20,000.00 with four sureties.

He is to report to the Criminal Investigation Department of the Ghana Police Service before noon from Monday to Thursday, until the case is disposed off.

In the case of Afoko, an Accra High Court refused him bail, saying there had not been any unreasonable delay in the matter.

The court, presided over by Mr. Justice K. A. Okwabi, noted then that the facts and charges were properly laid and they connected Gregory to the crime.—GNA

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