Crime

Gregory Afoko’s trial adjourned to November 24

The Accra High Court has adjourned the case involving Gregory Afoko and Asabke Alangde to Tuesday, November 24, 2020.

This follows a revelation by Ms Marina Appiah Oppong, a Chief State Attorney that one of the suspects, Mr. Afoko has been hospitalized.

According to the State Attorney, the prosecution cannot call its first witness due to the unavailability of Gregory Afoko, hence the decision by Justice Afua Merley Wood, a justice of the Court of Appeal sitting as a High Court judge, to adjourn the case.

This is not the first time Mr. Afoko has been reported ill and hospitalised since he was remanded in 2015.

Meanwhile, Afoko and Alangdi have pleaded not guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit murder and murder.

Background

In 2015, the then Upper East NPP Regional Chairman, Alhaji Mahama suffered severe bodily injuries after a substance suspected to be acid was allegedly poured on him in front of his house in Bolgatanga.

He later died from the injuries at the Bolgatanga General Hospital.

Afoko was initially the only one standing trial after Alangdi allegedly absconded from Ghana.

After more than three years of trial, the Attorney-General (A-G) filed a nolle prosequi on January 28, 2019, to discontinue the trial following the arrest of Alangdi.

Afoko challenged the nolle prosequi by filing a case at the Supreme Court, but on June 19, 2019, the Apex Court dismissed the case on the premise that Afoko failed to prove that the nolle prosequi was capricious, unfair, and arbitrary.