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19.04.2007 General News

Suspect remanded for 14 years without trial


One of two robbery suspects on remand for 14 years without trial on Thursday cried out to a Fast Track High Court Judge to save him.

Francis Agyare told Mrs Justice Iris-May Brown; “My Lord save me, I am innocent. I don't have anybody to help me. No relation has ever visited me in prison.”

Agyare and Henry Clottey Abbey who are being held for robbery and have been in custody for 14 years.

According to Agyare his docket could not be traced and although he has petitioned the prison authorities and the Attorney General's Office, there has been no response.

He persistently raised his hand to attract the attention of the judge, who in turn told him, “Your docket is not before me.”

When the judge asked lawyers from the Attorney-General's Office where the docket of the accused person was, Mrs Evelyn Keelson, a Senior State Attorney, who was in court on a separate case, said she was sure there would be a docket on the accused person.

The judge assigned Mr Takyi Menson, a lawyer, to be a solicitor for the accused and ordered the Registrar of the Court to issue hearing notices.

Mrs Brown assured the accused the case had moved a step forward.

Source: GNA