The Asokwa District Court has raised concern over the prosecution’s handling of a case involving the death of activist Ibrahim Mohammed, aka Kaaka Macho, by three people.
The presiding judge, Akua Adu Boahen, questioned why it has taken the prosecution many months to obtain advice from the Attorney General’s office on the matter.
This comes after the lead prosecutor, Chief Superintendent Kofi Blagodzi, failed to show up in court, citing ill health.
Fuseini Alhassan, Issakar Ibrahim, also known as Anyas, two New Patriotic Party polling station executives and Iddi Mohammed, a brother of the late activist, have been held in detention since they made their maiden court appearance on July 2, 2021, after their arrest in June.
All accused persons were present in court when the case was called on Monday.
The case has been postponed multiple times as the prosecution awaits advice from the Attorney-General’s Department.
On December 10, 2021, Akua Adu Boahen raised similar concerns when the lead prosecutor failed to appear in court, stating that it was a waste of the court’s time when the matter was adjourned.
As he argued for a two-week adjournment, Chief Inspector Ankrah Moore, who took briefs for lead prosecutor Chief Superintendent Kofi Blagodzi, said the prosecution had been waiting for instructions from the AG’s office.
The sitting magistrate wondered why it took the prosecution so long to seek counsel from the AG’s office.
The court adjourned the hearing to March 8, 2022.
Meanwhile, Setutsinam Anaglate, counsel for the third accused, Baba Iddi, later told journalists he was unhappy with the delays.
“I am worried as a result of the series of adjournments. The last time we came to court was in December, and we adjourned to today hoping that the Attorney General’s advice would be in,” he said.
“Attorney General’s advice will inform the court whether to prosecute or not to prosecute, so without the Attorney General’s advice, we can’t make any headway,” Mr Anaglate added.
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