Family questions court's decision to rescind Gregory Afoko's bail

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh
Gregory Afoko
Gregory Afoko

Family of Gregory Afoko has questioned the decision of the Accra High Court to rescind the bail granted Mr Afoko, the alleged murderer of the former Upper East NPP regional chairman Adams Mahama.

The spokesperson for the family, Nana Yaw Osei told Citi FM after the ruling of the court on July 15 that they are wondering the jurisdiction with which the judge rescinded the bail.

"A Hight Court of competent jurisdiction will rescind the bail granted to Gregory Afoko when same has been appealed against, there is a pending appeal in respect to the bail granted Gregory Afoko so I'm wondering the jurisdiction with which she rescinded the decision I'm surprised but we will deal with it appropriately."

Court revokes bail granted Gregory Afoko

Accra High Court has revoked the bail granted to Gregory Afoko, one of the men alleged to have conspired to kill the Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Alhaji Adams Mahama, in 2015.

On March 14, 2019, another Accra High Court, presided over by Justice George Buadi, admitted Afoko to bail in the sum of GhȻ500,000 with two sureties, one of whom must be justified.

That was after his lawyers had argued that their client deserved to be granted bail because the state was not ready to prosecute him.

The lawyers based their argument on a nolle prosequi filed by the Attorney-General on January 28, 2019 to discontinue Afoko’s trial after more than three years of trial.

The A-G filed the nolle prosequi after the arrest of Asabke Alangdi, the other person alleged to have conspired with Afoko to allegedly commit the murder.

However, at a hearing on Monday, another High Court, presided over by Justice Merley Afua Wood, a Justice of the Court of Appeal sitting as an additional High Court judge, rescinded the bail granted to Afoko.

Justice Wood’s court is the court where a fresh trial of Afoko and another Alangdi has commenced.

The court rescinded the bail after upholding the arguments by the prosecutor, Ms Marina Appiah Oppong, a Chief State State Attorney.

Ms Oppong argued that the circumstances under which Afoko was granted bail had changed.

According to her, the other High Court granted Afoko bail on the basis that the state was not certain as to when to start prosecutions.

It was her argument that the state has completed the committal proceedings and commenced trial quickly after the nolle prosequi was filed.

She further argued that looking at the nature of case and the expected punishment, there was the likelihood that Afoko would not appear before the court to stand trial if the bail was not rescinded.

Justice Wood agreed with the prosecutor, rescinded the bail and adjourned the case to July 17. Jurors are expected to be empanelled on that day.