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General News of Tuesday, 24 February 2004

Source: GNA

Justice Afreh to be buried on March 20

The mortal remains of Mr. Justice Dixon Kwame Afreh, the Luminary and Former Supreme Court Judge would be interred at his hometown, Barekese in the Atwima District of Ashanti on Saturday, March 20.
Nana Owusu Asante, a family spokesman announced this when a delegation from the bereaved family called on President John Agyekum Kufuor at the Castle, Osu.
Nana Asante said the one-week celebrations of his death would begin at his residence in Accra on Wednesday February 25 where the final funeral arrangements would be made public.
President Kufuor said the death of Mr Justice Afreh was painful for a man whose judgements in the Courts were monuments and would be as such for many years to come.
"Mr Justice Afreh was a humble man, who served his nation with all his ability and knowledge and always uphold the truth in his judgements. The late Justice Afreh with 32 years of legal practice, died at the Cardio-Thoracic Centre of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital on Wednesday, February 17.
Justice Afreh 70, was born in Kumasi on March 25, 1933 and was admitted to the Ghana Bar in September 1961.
He had his second cycle education from 1949 to 1954 at Achimota School. He then left for the University of Birmingham, England for his LL.B between October 1955 and July 1958 and continued to the University of London, England between October 1958 and October 1960 for his Master's in Law.
He was called to the English Bar in February 1960 at the Lincoln's Inn, London.
Between 1962 and 1975, he lectured at the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, Legon, rising to the position of Senior Lecturer, Acting Dean of Law Faculty and Acting Hall Master of Commonwealth Hall in 1974.
Justice Afreh worked at the Attorney -General's Office as Chief State Attorney between 1975 and 1978.
In April 1973 to June 1980, he worked with the General Legal Council as Director of Legal Education. He later joined the Pan African News Agency (PANA) in Dakar, Senegal between June 1981 and October 1992 and became Head of Administration and later rose to the position of Financial Controller from 1989 to 1992.
Between September 1978 and June, 1979 he was Commissioner for Information and Cocoa Affairs under the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) regime. He was also a Deputy Commissioner for the Electoral Commission between 1992 and 1994 and was appointed a Justice of the Court of Appeal of Ghana in June 1994.