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General News of Saturday, 7 July 2007

Source: GNA

The man Justice Amua-Sekyi

Takoradi, July 7,-GNA-Thousands of mourners, sympathisers, government officials, clergy and school children, defied a continual downpour and paid their last respect to Justice Kweku Etrew Amua-Sekyi, a retired Supreme Court Judge, who died on May 17 at the age of 73.

The late Mr. Justice Amua-Sekyi was born on July 5 1933 at Sekondi and had his primary education at the Achimota Primary School between 1938 and 1945 then at the Osei Tutu Secondary School in Kumasi.

He continued his education at the Forest School at Snaresbrook, London where he obtained his Ordinary level certificate and proceeded to Dulwich College in 1953 for his advanced level certificate.

The late Mr. Justice Amua-Sekyi entered the London school of Economics and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Economics and International relations.

He returned to Ghana in 1958 and worked with the Foreign Service but returned to London to read law at the Middle Temple from 1962 to 1964 and was called to the Bar in England in 1965 and was also called to the Ghana Bar in the same year when he returned home.

Mr. Justice Amua-Sekyi established his law firm, Ekuadaa Chambers in 1968 in Takoradi.

In 1967, he married Georgina Hackman now Mrs Amua-Sekyi, a tutor at Wesley Girl's High School in Cape Coast and they have been married for the past 40 years and had three children.

In 1977, he was appointed a Justice of the High Court of Ghana under the regime of General Ignatius K. Acheampong and in 1986, he was promoted to the Court of Appeal and was again pomoted to the Supreme Court a year later.

Mr. Amua-Sekyi was made a member of the OAU Administrative Tribunal in Addis Ababa, chaired the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council.

In 1988 he chaired the Legal Aid Committee and appointed in 1994 as chairman of the Council for Law reporting. He retired from the Supreme Court of Ghana On December 22, 1987 and the Supreme Court of Gambia in 2001. He was the Chairman of the National Reconciliation Commission (NRC) in October 2002 till he completed the task in 2004.