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General News of Wednesday, 19 June 2019


Court rules on Afoko’s contempt against IGP, CID Boss, one other on July 3

Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante-Apeatu Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante-Apeatu

An Accra High Court presided over by Justice Jennifer Dodoo has set July 3, 2019 for a contempt case brought against the Inspector General of Police, David Asante Apeatu, Director General of the Police Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah and one Chief Inspector Nkrumah.

The trial judge on Wednesday accordingly ordered the first two Respondents, David Asante-Apeatu and Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, to be present in court on that day at 3pm for her to deliver her ruling.

She warned that she will not accept any representations as has always been the case in the three previous sittings of the court adding that should the Respondents refuse to appear in person on that day, she will order the Minister of Interior to produce them.

The suspect who is standing trial for the murder of former Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Adams Mahama was granted bail by an Accra High Court several months ago but has since not been released despite his family meeting the bail conditions.

According to the police, they are verifying the property used as part of the bail conditions but the judge on Tuesday disclosed that it is not within the purview of the police to ascertain the true identity of the property used since the authorized body had already done that.

Family of the suspect are citing the Inspector General of Police, David Asante Apeatu and the CID Boss for contempt for violating the court’s directive to release the suspect on bail.

According to relations of the suspect, they have met all the bail conditions set but the police administration is still refusing to release the suspect to them and is frustrating their single move to have him released.

It would be recalled that the Appeals Court on April 15, 2019 threw out a suit filed by the Attorney General’s Department for a stay of execution in respect of bail granted the suspect by an Accra High Court.

It was the second time the Attorney General made an attempt stop the bail granted the suspect but lost after the first one was on Friday March 22, 2019 thrown out by the High Court presided over by Mr. Justice George Buadi.

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