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Court Declines Second Bail Application For Afoko
Source : GNA    Date : Saturday 25 Mar, 2017 | 13:39 GMT
The Accra High Court hearing the case involving Gregory Afoko has for the second time declined a bail application by counsel for Afoko.

The court declined the application, saying the interest of justice would be served if Afoko remains in custody.

Safo Buabeng, Counsel for the accused person in his application prayed the court to grant bail to his client since he has been in custody ever since his arrest on May 21, 2015.

He said it looked as if the case has been stalled because of the inability of the witness, Hajia Zenabu Adams to come to court and continue with her evidence.

“Even though she did not come to court, the prosecution could not bring any document to testify that, she was indisposed,” he noted.

The prosecution, Mr Matthew Amponsah Chief State Attorney however opposed the bail application, saying the prosecution is not to be blamed for any delay in the trial of the matter.

He said if there was any delay it would be attributed to the ill- health of Afoko and not the witness, who he said was currently indisposed.

He argued that the security of Bolgatanga and the whole nation would be at state should the accused person be granted bail and also he (Afoko) would not be safe in Bolgatanga for now.

“As much as it is important for the court to consider Afoko’s security, the court also has to take into consideration the emotions of the family members of Mr Mahama and the whole nation”.

The court later adjourned the matter to April 6, 7 and 11 for continuation of trial.

At the last sitting, the court declared Gregory Afoko fit for trial in the case involving the murder of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Upper-East regional chairman.

The presiding judge, Justice L. L. Mensah said the court has been provided with the comprehensive report on the accused person’s state of health.

Afoko, a farmer is alleged to have killed Mr Adams Mahama, the NPP Upper East Region Chairman.

He is being held on the charges of conspiracy to commit crime to wit murder and murder, he has pleaded not guilty before a seven-member jury at the court.
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