Heated arguments between the prosecution and defence teams characterised proceedings at the Accra Fast Track High Court Thursday when the case involving the dual citizenship of the Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Adamu Dramani, was heard.
While the prosecution, led by a Principal State Attorney, Mr. Anthony Rexford Wiredu, insisted that the accused should open his defence, the defence counsel, Mr. Egbert Faibille Jnr, prayed the court for more time to bring down the person he described as the star witness in the case from the United Kingdom to testify.
The exchanges were so fierce that the Presiding judge, Justice Charles Quist, had to intervene to bring down the tempers of the two legal brains.
The case was adjourned to September 30 when the two sides would be given a definite date for the opening of the defence.
It all started when Mr. Faibille drew the judge’s attention that the case was for mention and asked for an adjournment whilst arrangements were being made to bring down the defence’s star witness whose testimony would be crucial to the trial.
That brought Mr. Wiredu to his feet, insisting that the accused should open his defence in accordance with the court’s ruling about a month ago.
He said the defence was only using the absence of the witness to unduly delay the trial.
But Mr. Faibille interjected by saying that the accused, a sitting Member of Parliament was ready to open his defence but needed adequate time and facilities to do so in accordance with the 1992 constitution.
“My Lord, the accused is not saying he will not open his defence, put the star witness who worked on his documentations whilst in the UK is on holidays in the USA. My Lord, I communicated with him yesterday and he is likely to be available in the first week of September,” he said and added that “My learned friend is only trying to play to the gallery.”
At this juncture, Mr. Wiredu obviously fuming with indignation asked the court not to grant the request of the defence. He said he was not playing to the gallery but doing his work as a state attorney.
The prosecution’s case is that in 2008, after the Presidential and Parliamentary elections, information reached the complainant in the case, Sumaila Biebil, that the accused who, won the Bawku Central seat on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party, had multiple nationalities.
According to the prosecution investigations had revealed that Mr. Dramani had other passports including a UK passport in addition to his Ghanaian passport.
Source: Ghanaian Times
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