Afoko’s rights ‘clearly’ violated – GBA President
President of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA), Anthony Forson, has added his voice the many condemning the confinement of Gregory Afoko, after a court granted him bail in March.
Mr Forson has, therefore, urged the legal team of Mr Afoko, who is a key suspect in a murder case, to pursue those who set aside the bail granted him by the High Court.
“An Injustice has been done to him and his lawyers must know what to do,” he said Wednesday on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show.
He said although the Afoko case was unfortunate, it should be viewed as one of the setbacks in Ghana’s criminal jurisprudence.
He said the denial of Mr Afoko the right to enjoy the freedom granted him by the bail condition, should not be about Mr Afoko but rather as a system that frustrates the rule of law.
Gregory Afoko is a key suspect in the murder of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) Upper East Region Chairman, Adams Mahama, in 2015. Mr Mahama was attacked in front of his home in Bolgatanga with acid leading to his death.
Although Mr Afoko was granted bail by a High Court in March this year and fulfilled his bail conditions, he was still held in police custody.
But on July 15, 2019, the Afoko trial took a dramatic turn. Another High Court committed him into police custody. The move has been described as overturning of the bail condition granted him earlier. The sudden turn of events has been described as unprecedented and a likely breach of legal procedure.