Court rescinds Afoko’s bail

Mon, 15 Jul 2019 Source: Daily Guide Network

An Accra High Court has rescinded the bail granted to Gregory Afoko, the prime suspect in the murder of the late Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Adams Mahama.

This follows an application by the office of the Attorney General to reverse the bail granted him by another High Court in March this year.

An Accra High Court presided over by Justice George Buadi in March this year after listening to the arguments granted Afoko bail in the sum of GH¢500,000.00 with two sureties, one to be justified.

The court further ordered the accused person to report himself once every two weeks to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) at the Police Headquarters in Accra.

This was after the AG had entered Nolle Prosequi to discontinue his trial following the arrest of another suspect in the matter, Asabke Alangdi.

The two have since been committed by a District Court to stand trial at the High Court on the two counts of conspiracy to commit and then murder.

Appearing before the trial today, Marina Appiah Opare prayed the court to rescind the application pending the trial.

She said given the circumstances of the charges and punishment should Afoko be found guilty, it is likely he will not appear for the trial.

Stephen Sowah Charway who represented the accused person opposed the application saying the court that granted the bail in the first place had considered all factors before granting the bail.

He added that murder is a bailable offence and the issue of Afoko being flight risk should not be raised at all.

The court presided over by Merley Wood after hearing arguments rescinded the bail based on the facts of the case.

Arrest and trial

Gregory Afoko was arrested in May 2015 on for allegedly pouring acid on the Upper East Regional Chairman of the NPP, Adams Mahama, leading to his untimely death.

He is alleged to have conspired with Asabke Alangdi who was recently arrested from his hideout in the Ivory Coast, to commit the heinous crime.

He has been in custody since his arrest and efforts by his lawyer to get him admitted to bail proved futile on many occasions until in March this year.

Source: Daily Guide Network

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