Court adjourns Kennedy Agyapong's Case to May 23
5/5/2012 12:00:49 AM -
Accra, May 4, GNA - The Accra Fast Track High Court sitting on the case of the Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin North, Kennedy Agyapong, on Friday adjourned the case to May 23.
Agyapong who is facing charges of treason, felony, attempted genocide and engaging in terrorist acts, has pleaded not guilty.
According to Merley Wood, Chief State Attorney, prosecution had still not received the docket from the police which they had to study and pray the court to adjourn the case, saying 'My Lord we are here today to take a date, we have still not received the docket from the police for study and we ask for adjournment.'
This statement received a quick opposition from the lead defence counsel Ayikoi Otoo who said 'this is rather a strange preposition, with a charge sheet before this court that was signed by Anthony Rexford Wiredu in which they have generated all those facts, what facts does the prosecution need again?'
However, the court presided over by Mr Justice Charles Quist upheld the prayer of the prosecution and adjourned the matter to May 23.
Earlier, the court had granted Agyapong bail in the sum of GH¢ 200,000 to be justified and also to sign a bond to be of good behaviour until the final determination of the case.
Agyapong was arrested on Monday, April 16, after he was invited by the Police Criminal Investigation Department over statements he made on an Accra-based radio station, Oman FM.
He was reported to have 'declared war' and vowed to lynch any fake security operative, following the alleged physical attack on Ms Ursula Owusu, the New Patriotic Party's (NPP) Ablekuma South Parliamentary Candidate, and Abu Jinapor, an aide to the party's flag bearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, at Tarzan, a registration centre in Odododiodoo in Accra.
The MP was also reported as saying he would organise supporters of the NPP to defend themselves because the police had failed to protect them.
A Magistrate's Court in Accra had declined jurisdiction in the case of treason, felony and attempted genocide brought against Agyapong, saying such crimes should be tried by the High Court.
Ms Patricia Quansah, who presided over the court, said in a ruling after the prosecution had asked for the MP to be remanded that such cases were heard by three High Court judges.
She said the Chief Justice on June 17, 2008, released a circular to all judges stating that cases such as treason, murder, narcotics and rape, among other issues, were to be referred to the Chief Justice who would in turn refer them to the court.
Hence, Agyapong was taken to the Fast Track High Court on the criminal aspect of the case.
The atmosphere at the court was calm with heavy armed police presence.