Kennedy Agyapong's Case Adjourned, AG Yet To Receive Docket
5/6/2012 1:00:57 PM -
Kennedy Agyapong (right) - Coming out of court as the case was adjourned The Accra Fast Track High Court has granted a two-week adjournment to enable the state to receive the docket on the case involving the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin North, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, who is alleged to have pitted Ashantis against Gas and Ewes.
The court granted the adjournment after a Chief State Attorney, Ms Merley Wood, had informed it that the police were yet to forward the docket on the MP’s case to her outfit for study and advice.
She also cited the inability of the police to have access to the MP for investigations due to the fact that the court did not order him to report himself to the police when it granted him bail in the sum of GH¢200,000 with two sureties, on April 19, 2012.
The court, presided over by Justice Charles Quist, averted its mind to the prosecution’s prayer for an adjournment and subsequently adjourned the case to May 23, 2012.
But it was silent on whether or not to order the MP to report himself to the police on a particular day or days.
Agyapong, who wore a locally designed outfit, smiled at and interacted with sympathisers when he entered the courtroom at 10:18 a.m.
The large crowd which had besieged the court premises on April 19, 2012 when the MP was first arraigned was missing at the court’s sitting in Accra Friday.
Pockets of supporters were spotted around the premises which were heavily guarded by armed police personnel detailed there to maintain law and order.
Although the MP had been charged with three counts of treason felony, attempted genocide and engaging in terrorism act for allegedly inciting Ashantis against Ewes and Gas, as well as declaring war, on April 19, 2012, Ms Wood informed the court that the police had not referred the docket on the case to her outfit for study and advice.
Lead counsel for the MP, Mr Ayikoi Otoo, expressed surprise at the prosecution’s statement that the police were yet to refer the docket on the case to the Attorney-General’s Office.
He, therefore, questioned the basis upon which the MP was charged and put before the Adjabeng District Magistrate and, consequently, the Fast Track High Court.
He reminded the court and the prosecution that his client had been duly charged, his plea taken and facts of the case read to the hearing of all present at the Adjabeng District Magistrate and the Fast Track High Court on April 18 and 19, 2012, respectively.
Mr Otoo argued that the prosecution generated the facts of the case and even added that nine vehicles had been destroyed at the Police Headquarters when Agyapong was arrested on April 16, 2012 following his alleged intemperate comments.