The Spokesperson for Gregory Afoko’s legal Team, Nana Yaw Osei has taken a swipe at Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, for jumping to the defence of the State and lying about his client’s bail.
Kweku Baako told Accra-based Peace Fm that per his checks, the bail conditions were not fully met.
“Relative to the fulfillment of the bail condition, there is a gap and if you have not fulfilled the bail conditions, then what is the noise about?” he asked.
But in an interview with sit-in host Akwasi Nsiah on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.5 FM, Nana Yaw Osei maintained that his client indeed satisfied all the bail conditions as prescribed by the court.
In his account, the Spokesperson for Afoko’s legal team said a landed property was submitted which was valued by AESL to the tune of GHS 1.22 million[12 billion old Cedis] more than the ¢500,000 requested by the court.
According to him, the court cleared it and sanctioned his bail while it made correspondence with the Police-CID for his bail to be granted, but the Police insisted on seeing results for his bail before releasing him, which according to Nana Yaw Osei was not within the remit of the Police to assess their clients bail condition.
Meanwhile, the search evaluation report available issued by the Court Registrar has said Afoko met all the bail conditions, Osei noted.
Responding to Kweku Baako’s comments, he contended:”If you need an information from the courts where do you go? Is it not the court registry? If you try from the courts and you don’t get it then you can seek your information from other sources. The court remanded the person into police custody; the court has given bail and added its conditions. So if you sincerely need an information concerning that you go the court. But rather you went to the Police who have no business in bail matters to seek for information about that, Is it not shameful?
He added:”You even had the impudence to throw out into the public domain that the Defence Counsels are lying.” Nana Yaw Osei said on Kasapa Fm.
Human Rights group, Amnesty International has said the travesty of Justice seen in the Gregory Afoko case can affect Ghana’s Human Rights records on International platforms.
The Executive Director in Ghana, Robert Akoto Amoafo contends the development in Afoko’s case and several others makes a mockery of the country’s legal system.
Meanwhile, the two accused persons in the case of the Republic verses Gregory Afoko and Alangdi Asabke have, in accordance with Sections 244 to 250 of the Criminal And Other Offences (Procedure ) Act – 1960 (Act 30), chosen a seven-member jury to try their case.
The accused persons exercised their legal right to choose the members of the jury. In all, they rejected three jurors drawn from the box by lot during the process before settling on the seven required by law.
Trial will thus begin on the 26th of July, 2019.