Trial of former COCOBOD CEO Dr. Stephen Opuni has been put on hold.

This is is a result of a petition he has sent to the Chief Justice seeking his intervention.

Dr. Opuni has on two occasions pushed for the judge hearing the case, Clemence Honyenuga, to recuse himself.

Both attempts have failed with Dr. Opuni ordered to open his Defence.

This was to happen on Friday, June 18. Justice Honyenuga announced on Friday that he had received a copy of the petition sent to the Chief Justice.

He did not indicate the contents of the petition or what it seeks to achieve.

He also announced Mr. Opuni has also filed another application at the Supreme Court seeking its intervention. Director of Public Prosecution Yvonne Attakora Obuobisa said the state was not aware of the petition.

Justice Honyenuga adjourned the case to June 29,2021 adding that he awaits what decision the Chief Justice will take on the petition.

Joynews sources say Dr. Opuni is seeking to have Justice Honyenuga removed from the case over allegations of bias.

Dr. Opuni and businessman Seidu Agongo have been on trial since 2017 over an alleged 217m dollars loss caused to the state in the purchase of fertilizers.