Gregory Afoko has pleaded not guilty to the charges of conspiracy to commit murder and murder. The second accused person, Asabke Alangdi, has also been handed same charges over the death of the governing NPP’s Upper East regional chairman, Adams Mahama in 2015.
The Court, presided over by Justice Merley Woode has sworn in a seven-part jury to hear the case. Yet, the choice of the seven-part jury was not without debate. Stephen Sowah Charway who is holding Osafo Buabeng’s brief for Gregory Afoko, raised two main objections during the process, first requested time to examine the people put in the pool of jurors.
He argued that his client had no clue who these people were and can’t exercise his right to object to their inclusion. Chief State Attorney and leader of the prosecution team Marina Appiah Opare has objected to this.
She said Stephen Sowah Charwa’s request was for all intents and purposes unimaginable including that Ghana’s laws do not permit time to allow accused persons to do background checks. Justice Woode turned down the request saying Act 30 does not provide for that.
The accused persons objected to the jurors three times without reason. Other Jurors named were, however, accepted bringing the number to 7.
Counsel for Afoko made another application for time to do background checks once again. Justice Woode turned down his request on the same basis as the previous following opposition from the state’s legal team.
Facts of case
Facts of case
Chief State Attorney, Marina Appiah Opare, who read the facts of the case said the state will demonstrate over the course of the trail that the two acted with the objective of killing Adams Mahama. The state, she stated, plans to call 19 witnesses during the trial.
She recalled that Mr. Paul Afoko the former NPP Chairman (brother of Gregory Afoko) and the then General Secretary of the party Kwabena Agyepong in 2015 attended a meeting in Upper East region with the aim to work against Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo the then flagbearer of the party. The prosecution added the meeting was scuttled by the late Adams Mahama. According to the prosecutor, the two attacked Adams Mahama days after when he was heading home.
The State Attorney concluded the facts by pointing out that Mr. Mahama who was rushed to the hospital, named the two as the persons who poured acid on him in the presence of three witnesses. Lawyers for the accused persons did not make an initial statement.
Request to BNI
Legal counselor for the second person Asabke Alangdi, Andrew Vortia, asked that the court orders the BNI to allow him time to meet his client as the 15 minutes they have been offering him is inadequate. His request was granted by Justice Merley Woode the presiding judge.
The case has been adjourned to July 26.