Afoko Fights For Bail
An Accra central magistrate court has set July 7, 2015 for a ruling on whether or not to grant the bail application filed by lawyers for the two suspects standing trial over the murder of Adams Mahama, Upper East Regional chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The court, presided over by Worlanyo Kotoku, is expected to make the decision after lawyers for Gregory Afoko, 50, brother of New Patriotic Party (NPP) National Chairman, Paul Afoko, and Issah Musah, a driver, yesterday made a desperate attempt for bail for their clients.
The court had for the past three sittings refused the defence counsels’ request to ‘free’ the accused persons because the prosecution, led by Supt Francis Baah, had argued that further investigations into the case were still underway.
The police officer stated that the court must not grant bail because the accused persons could hamper the investigations of the police.
Supt Baah said the court, in doing so, must consider the nature and the severity of the offence.
According to the prosecution, the accused persons on May 20, 2015 at Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region intentionally and unlawfully caused the death of Adams.
According to the police, Issah, who is a member of the NPP, on 19th May, 2015 solicited and procured the deadly acid which he gave to other two suspects who in turn poured the substance on Adams.
Asabke Alangdi, the third accused, has been on the run together with his wife, leaving behind their one-and-a-half-year-old baby.
Gregory Afoko is facing charges of conspiracy and murder while Issah has been charged with abetment.
The plea of the two has not been taken.
Ekow Ampah-Korsah, lawyer for Gregory, said the court had abetted the prosecution in what he described as ‘continuous illegality,’ in view of constantly asking the court to remand his client under the pretext of conducting investigations into the case.
Alfred Adjei Mensah, lawyer for Issah, urged the court to admit his client to bail pending the determination of the case.
He said the charges against Issah were bailable.
Mr Mensah said there is no proper charge of murder or abetment of murder before the court because there had not been any bill of indictment or summary of evidence before the court.
In a quick rebuttal, Supt Baah drew the attention of the court to the words of Ampah-Korsah, insisting that they are unfair to the prosecution.
He said it was unfortunate for Afoko’s lawyer to describe the police as an institution engaged in an ‘illegality,’ especially when Article 200 of the 1992 Constitution establishes it.
Supt Baah posited that the police are not an illegal entity ‘…and we are not here to pursue an illegality.’
He said investigations into the case were at an advanced stage and that the prosecution was yet to send a copy of the case docket to the Attorney General for advice.
Mr Kotoku adjourned hearing to decide whether or not to grant the bail application and remanded the two into BNI custody.
According to the charge sheet, Gregory Afoko, after his arrest, was asked to lead the police to the house of his alleged accomplice, Asabke Alangdi, but ‘he rather took them to the father’s house. Police later located the house of the second suspect but the suspect had got wind of their presence and absconded with his wife, leaving behind their baby.
‘A gallon, which contains some of the substance and a plastic cup, were retrieved at the scene for forensic examination.’
The police have revealed that a ‘post-mortem examination was conducted on the body of the deceased and the pathologist gave the cause of the death as shock lungs and extensive acid burns [sic].’
By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson
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