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General News of Monday, 15 July 2019


High court rescinds bail granted Gregory Afoko

An Accra High Court has rescinded its decision to grant bail to a murder suspect Gregory Afoko who had been unlawfully held in police custody for 120 days.

The court on March 14 2019 ordered the release of the man being tried for the suspected murder NPP regional party chairman Adams Mahama in 2015.

But that order has been disregarded by the state for four months. Within that period, two attempts to have the decision reversed, at the High court and later the Appeal’s court, both failed.

The Akufo-Addo government has been criticised by sections of the public for the continuous detention of Gregory Afoko. The detention called into question the government’s respect for the law and its human rights record.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), and Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) faced charges of contempt of court for disobeying lawful order.

The presiding judge at the Accra High Court, Justice George Buadi, was expected to deliver a judgement on the two on July 3, 2019.