A family from Oda in the Eastern Region is challenging the evidence given by Chris Asher, a lawyer, when he appeared before the National Reconciliation Commission last week. Mr Asher, who has been in exile for almost two decades, told the Reconciliation Commission last week that he was politically persecuted by the then PNDC regime and had to break jail to avoid further persecution.
But the Ofori family, which has accused Mr Asher of murdering their relative, has challenged his story and is calling on the government to re-open the Chris Asher murder case and possibly prosecute him.
An angry nephew of the late Ofori Atta, Akwasi Agyei told JOY FM that the family has been eagerly awaiting the day it will lay hands on Chris Asher until their prayers were answered last week, when they saw him testifying before the Reconciliation Commission.
Akwasi Agyei together with his mother, who is a sister of the deceased, Ofori Atta alleged to have been murdered by Chris Asher, decided to come down to Accra to state their case.
Akwasi Agyei told JOY FM that Chris Asher developed hatred for his late uncle after he had been accused of being a fraudster in the early 1980s. This continued until 1982 when he succeeded in eliminating Ofori Atta. According to Akwasi Agyei, Kwame Asher (as he called him) was involved in fraudulent insurance deals of which he and his uncle were witnesses. And since then, there has been a bad blood between them.
Akwasi Agyeman alleged that when Asher visited Oda recently "he bullshitted” their house and retorted that nobody can arrest him because he has close ties with members of the present government, including the Foreign Affairs Minister, Nana Akuffo Addo.
Akwasi Agyei with scars at his back said he got the scars as a result of brutalities meted out to him by members of Mr Asher’s family. He has called on the Police to arrest Mr Asher for possible prosecution because he does not think the National Reconciliation Commission will offer the family the justice it deserves.
Mr Akwasi Agyeman and his family members intend to petition the Police Homicide Unit where the case was first reported.