Opuni, Agongo Trial: Prosecution plead for more time as witnesses abandon case
The trial of former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), Dr Stephen Kwabena Opuni, and businessman Seidu Agongo has been adjourned to June 7, 2023.
The adjournment was granted on the request of the Prosecution led by, Chief State Attorney, Evelyn Keelson today Tuesday April 25, 2023.
The Prosecution had asked the judge to grant time more time to talk to their witnesses who have refused to testify.
The Prosecution lawyers were expected to file their witness statement today however, Chief State Attorney Evelyn Keelson said they were able to file as their witnesses have refused to testify before the court.
Read the extract below on what transpired in court today before the request for adjournment was granted as published by Lawyer Edudzi Kudzo Tameklo on Facebook:
“Prosecution: My Lord, at the last adjourned date, you ordered us to file our witness statement but we are here today to ask more time to do so.
My Lord this is because most of our witnesses who testified before are not willing to testify again.
One of them also said he is on retirement and so he can’t testify, and that in the last time he testified during the time of the previous judge, he spent almost two years in the box. My Lord it is therefore our prayer that you give us more time to talk to them.
Judge: So how many days do you to want?
Prosecution: My Lord, at least one month.
Judge: yes Mr Cudjoe.
Sam Cudjoe: my Lord we are not opposed to their prayer.
Judge: Then let’s come back in early June. Prayer of the prosecution granted. This case stands adjourned to the 7th of June 2023.”
The trial was transferred to a new judge after the retirement of Justice Honyenuga, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court sitting as an additional High court judge, who had been hearing the trial since 2018.
In a ruling on April 4, 2023, the new trial judge for the case, Justice Kwasi Anokye Gyimah, said it would be unfair for him to adopt a proceeding that was “saddled” with numerous allegations.
He therefore ruled that the hearing of the case should start afresh.
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