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General News of Wednesday, 23 February 2022


Opuni fails again to get Justice Honyenuga off his case

Justice Clemence Jackson Honyenuga Justice Clemence Jackson Honyenuga

Former COCOBOD Chief Executive Dr. Stephen Opuni failed again to get trial Judge Clemence Jackson Honyenuga JSC removed from his case as the Supreme Court dismissed his plea.

Dr. Opuni filed a two-legged application at the apex court seeking to quash some decisions of the trial Judge who is sitting as an additional High Court Judge and to prohibit him from continuing as the trial judge.

Dr. Opuni had tried earlier to get Honyenuga JSC off his case but was unsuccessful as the court said it did not see that Justice Honyenuga was biased against Dr. Opuni.

In court on Tuesday, lawyers for Dr. Opuni, led by Samuel Cudjoe, told the court that on January 22, 2022, Honyenuga JSC filed his affidavit in opposition to the application, the facts of which were in serious dispute, and he (Justice Honyenuga) needed to be cross-examined on same.

Relying on case law, Mr. Cudjoe argued that a judge whose affidavit is on the record might also be cross-examined.

The Attorney-General, Godfred Yeboah Dame, however, opposed the application, arguing that there were no issues on the face of the affidavit which were not resolvable to warrant a cross-examination of the trial judge.

Describing the application as without merit and needed to be rejected, Mr. Dame insisted that the general rule was for motions to be tried on the strength of their affidavits, and a cursory glance of the trial judge’s affidavit only revealed his contention that he did not violate Dr. Opuni’s rights.

The court ruled once again that the records of proceedings available to it from the trial court did not reflect any personal interests of the trial judge against the applicant; therefore, the application to quash the proceedings of December 16, 2021, could not hold.

It further held that it did not find the existence of a real likelihood of bias against Dr. Opuni. The application was thus dismissed in its entirety.