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A three-part board of the Court of Appeal has excused an application from Gregory Afoko who was testing the disavowal of bail conceded him by a High Court judge.
The board managed by Justice Barbara Ackah-Yensu with help from Justice
George Koomson and Justice Eric Kyei-Baffour decided that the candidate couldn’t persuade the court to upset the court’s choice.
Afoko, one of two people being investigated for the homicide of the previous Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in 2015, is testing the choice of the Accra High Court to repudiate his bail.
Afoko who is in legitimate guardianship was absent in court yet his attorney Steven Sowah Charwey was available. While the state was addressed by Seth Awere, a Principal State Attorney.
At the Court of Appeal, the legal counselors are engaging against the repudiation of the bail, by the High Court judge managed by Justice Merley Afua Wood after another High Court judge Justice George Buadi had allowed him bail.
EIB Network’s Court Correspondent Murtala Inusah reports that Prosecution has so far called five Witnesses in the continuous preliminary under the watchful eye of the High Court.
On March 14, 2019, the Accra High Court, directed by Justice George Buadi, conceded Afoko to bail in the amount of GH¢500,000 with two guarantees, one of whom should be defended.
This was after his legal counselors had supplicated the court to allow them bail on the grounds that the state was not prepared to arraign the case at that point.
The legal counselors put together their contention with respect to a nolle prosequi documented by the Attorney-General (A-G) on January 28, 2019, to end Afoko’s preliminary after over three years of preliminary.
The AG documented the nolle prosequi after the capture of Asabke Alangdi, the other individual asserted to have schemed with Afoko to supposedly submit the homicide.
After the capture of Alangdi, the state began another committal procedure against the two charged at the District Court, prompting their arraignment at the High Court, managed by Justice Wood for another preliminary.
On July 25 last year, Justice Wood, equity of the Court of Appeal, sitting as an extra High Court judge, repealed the bail allowed to Afoko.
The court repealed the bail subsequent to maintaining the contentions by the examiner, Ms. Marina Appiah Opare, a Chief State Attorney, that the conditions under which Afoko was conceded bail had changed.
Ms. Opare contended that the other High Court allowed Afoko to abandon the premise that the state was not sure concerning when to begin arraignment, however, that the AG had completed the committal procedures in record time, prompting a new preliminary.
Alhaji Mahama endured serious real wounds after a substance suspected to be corrosive was supposedly poured on him before his home in Bolgatanga on May 20, 2015.
He later kicked the bucket from the wounds at the Bolgatanga General Hospital.