Opuni case: Judge dismisses application to recuse himself

Justice Clemence Honyenugah, the trial judge in the case against former CEO of the Ghana COCOBOD, Dr Stephen Opuni, has dismissed an application against him filed by lawyers of Dr Opuni.

The Criminal Division of the Accra High Court presided over by Justice Honyenugah said the application was misconceived and the preliminary motion is dismissed.

Dr Opuni lawyers wanted Justice Honyenugah to recuse himself after he openly declared support for President Akufo-Addo during his recent tour of the Oti region.

Justice Honyenugah is quoted to have said: “We wish to congratulate you for the excellent manner you are governing this dear country of ours; it is our hope that with your vision and the gains made in your first term, Ghanaians may consider giving you another four years”.

But in dismissing the application, the judge said the applicant filed the motion before him and petitioned the Chief Justice and that the said comment was made outside the matter before the court and nowhere did the applicant mention that the judge has been biased.


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