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JB murder case: Lawyer abandons ‘killer’ Daniel Asiedu in court

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Augustines Obour, Lawyer for Daniel Asiedu, the self-confessed killer of the late Abuakwa North Member of Parliament Joseph Boakye-Adu has withdrawn his services from the case.

Lawyer Obour, who was appointed by the Legal Aid to represent Asiedu and one Vincent Bossu who is on the charge of abatement has been representing the accused persons since 2016.

He has, however, been absent from court since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out and after three orders from the court, he finally surfaced.

In court on Friday, November 27, 2020 when the case was called, lawyer Obour was present in court.

Withdrawal of service

When the case was called before the Criminal Division of the Accra High Court presided over by Justice Lydia Osei Marfo, Lawyer Obour said public pronouncements by the accused person means he cannot continue to represent them.

“I have a statement to make and I want to be on record. Respectfully, my Lord, I used to appear before this court differently constituted as counsel for the accused persons.

“We worked until the ruling in respect of the Medical Doctor who examined First accused person (Daniel Asiedu) upon an order of this court,” he said.

He said “This matter was adjourned as a a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. We were to be informed of the next date the court is sitting. It was only about three weeks ago that I have had a hearing notice inviting me to appear before you for proceedings involving the accused persons to continue.”

He added that “I have duly appeared per the notice attached to the hearing notice.”

It’s difficult to handle this case

Lawyer Obuor said, “I want to state that I have personally read and seen a video of first accused making statements regarding the admission of the crime charge to the whole world including the jurors who are going to try this case.”

According to him “I, therefore, find it difficult to defend this matter when he has told the whole world and jurors of the crime charge.

“I have read the laws and say accused standing trial shall not plead guilty to the hearing of the jury. I, therefore, find it difficult to comprehend the circumstances of the first accused person for the jurors to make a decision.

“I’m sincerely worried about this situation coupled with the fact that for nearly four years now no High Court is ready to grant first or both two of them bail to enable me have conference with them,” he told the court.

Lawyer Obuor said, “Out of the cumbersome proceedings available for our office to meet with Accused persons, I humbly wish to state that I will not be able to represent the accused persons in this matter from this morning. Even though the matter was handed to me by Legal Aid, I wanted to do my best to do justice in this matter,” he noted.

I disagree with you

Responding to the submission of Lawyer Obour, the court presided over by Justice Marfo said, even though “I respect your decision,” the court disagree with some of the reasons stated for the withdrawal.

“In the first place, we are in an era of vibrant social media where anybody that come to this case is put in the public domain,” she said.

The court said, “we cannot have control over that and we know as lawyers that those public sentiments, opinions and emotions do not establish prima facie case against them unless prosecution established onerous burden on them until they are able to put out a cogent and incontrovertible evidence before the court.”

The court added that, “the jurors are yet to be empanelled and nobody has any idea who they will be. “

The court explained that, “as soon as they get empanelled, the court warns them of their duties, that is, abandoned any stories they may have heard or may be hearing in the cause of the trial and concentrate attention only on evidence prosecution will be leading in the course of the trial.”

The court said even when an accused person pleaded guilty in a murder trial the court is obliged to enter a plea of not guilty until his guilt or otherwise is established judiciously.

While granting the request of the lawyer, the court said “On this note counsel of accused Augustines Obuor is finally discharged from his representation of accused persons.”

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The court has therefore directed the Registrar of the Court to let the Regional Director of the Legal Aid be notified by a letter with the court note for her to appoint another legal representation for the accused persons from her outfit whether from within or outside.

The registrar was also directed to ensure that there is a pool of jurors available in court for them to be empanelled at the next court sitting.

The case has been adjourned to December 16, 2020.

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Adansi Hene allegedly destroying his own lands with galamsey – ghanapublisher.com

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The Adansi Hene, Opagyakotwere Bonsra Afriyie II have been accused of involvement in illegal mining at Adansi Hweremoase a community in the Adansi Asokwa District of the Ashanti Region.

The illegal Mining Galamsey menace has become a top challenge to the government as all measures to curb the infamous destroying of water bodies, natural resources and lands has been fruitless.

Ghanaians have witnessed the formation of “Operation Vanguard” with 400 security men which was made up of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and the Police Service by President Akufo Addo, and also Galamstop initiated by the former Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Professor Frimpong-Boateng, all in 2017.

None of these teams were able to succeed the fight us expected by Ghanaians.

The current state of illegal Mining in the country is very disgusting and terrible which has led to the Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Hon. Abu Jinapor to halt even those doing prospecting legally.

Government has again embarked on the fight by burning any galamsey equipment including excavators which would be found on any galamsey site.

A video intercepted by www.ghanapublisher.com explains how the Adansi Hene is allegedly involved in the illegal mining going on at Adansi Hweremoase, a community under his command.

in the video, the narrator is heard to have said that, the Adansi Hene with his nephew and some opinion leaders of the town have joined to do illegal mining (Galamsey) which has destroy their lands and natural resources.

According to the narrator, It is the Adansi Hene who brought the excavators to the site to mine gold illegally.

The narrator added that, the Twafohene of Fomena is also part of the illegal mining going on in the area. The narrator who mentioned his name as Wofa K or Kwabena obeng, a native of Hweremoase said that, he consulted the assembly member of the area to confirm if he is aware of the happenings on the land but he said he has no idea of who is even mining there.

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#FixTheCountry campaign: Over 330,000 Ghanaians descends on Prez. Akuffo Addo – ghanapublisher.com

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Almost all the celebrities in Ghana are unhappy with the current economic state of the country (Ghana), not only them, some Ghanaians are unhappy and venting their spleens over what they describe as disappointment on the part of the current government to improve the lives of the citizens

Mostly made up of the youth, tens of thousands of posts have been made on social media highlighting some of these inadequacies.

Despite efforts by government including the Nation Builders’ Corp (NABCO), National Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan (NEIP) and other commitments towards investing in the growing human capital, some Twitter users say the impact is not felt on the ground.

Dominant in the sentiments shared on Twitter are rising youth unemployment, dilapidated health system, skyrocketing home-renting structure, poor road networks among others.

#FixTheCountry campaign is currently having over 330,000 tweets plus over 37,000 petition signed against that.

“This is the right time for us to stand up and come together as one people to speak and let them [government] know that we are tired,” Joshua Boye-Doe, a social media user and initiator of the #FixTheCountry campaign said.

Below are the tweets from some Ghanaian celebrates and the ordinary as well.

 

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Fake currency gang busted by National Security -ghanapublisher.com

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The National Security has busted a-13-member gang involved in the printing and distribution of fake currency notes to unsuspecting victims, mostly foreign nationals.

A statement issued by the National Security Secretariat, copied to the Ghana News Agency, said the gang, led by one Yassei Alia, a 45-year-old Syrian resident in East Legon, and owner of Hardford Auto Service in Accra, together with Danjuma Zakaria, alias Alhaji Mohammed, 49 and resident of Tema West, were rounded up in a warehouse within the premises of NacCharter Cargo and Freight Company, near KLM offices within the Kotoka International Airport, on Monday, April, 27 at around 5:30 pm.

Freshly printed $10,000 bundles of fake $100 notes concealed in two large metal trunks and a suitcase were retrieved from the warehouse.

The statement said the amount was estimated to be over five million United States dollars.

Other suspected accomplices arrested during the operation include Esther Omozeea, Emad Aldalhi, Kamal Mohammed, Abdulai Yakubu Osman and Samuel Ababio.

The remaining are John Denyo, Desmond Delali Dumenu, Alike Happiness, Prosper Chukwu, Victor Israel, Padi Christian Holdbrook.

It said in their caution statements, Yassei and Mohammed, who drove to the warehouse in the former’s car, denied knowledge of the deal.

It noted that however, when questioned separately, Yassei, who held a Syrian passport, a Republic of Guinea-Bissau diplomatic passport, and a Nigerian national driver’s licence issued in Ogun State, indicated that he had gone to the warehouse to have a discussion with one Kojo, an alleged cargo dealer and operator of the premises, regarding a V8 engine the latter was to import on his behalf, while Alhaji Mohammed stated that he had gone to solicit for financial help from Kojo to enable him procure a vehicle from Holland.

The statement said further, while Yassei claimed Kojo sat in a meeting with them on the said day, Alhaji Mohammed indicated that Kojo was not at the premises at the time of their visit and that while waiting for him, they were arrested.

It said incidentally, two of the suspects interrogated separately corroborated Mohammed’s claim that Kojo was not seen at the premises on the said day.

“The group’s modus operandi, according to intelligence, suggest that they lure unsuspecting victims with claims that they have access to millions of US dollars in Libya,” the statement said.

“Victims are given genuine sums of US dollars to spend for free, as a proof of the genuineness of the deal.”

It noted that once convinced, victims were requested to deposit huge sums of USD dollars as freight charges to aid the shipment of the said dollars to the victims.

It said upon receipt of amount, the suspects package fake dollars stashed in between a few hundreds of genuine notes, for onward delivery to their victims.

It said shortly after the arrest, one Bandoh, Alhaji-Ahmed, alias Alhaji Bamed, owner of Bamed Travel and Tours, who claims to be a Presidential Staffer at the Castle, and a client of Yassie, drove to the National Security headquarters, verbally assaulted the leader of the operation, and vowed to free the suspects.

It said the aggressive conduct of Alhaji Bamed, suggested that he might be involved in the deal, particularly when investigations are ongoing.

It said officials of National Security had assured Ghanaians that the Government was determined to rid the country of fake currency syndicates and warned that persons involved in the illegality would be arrested and dealt with accordingly.

The National Security has therefore urged the public to report suspicious activities of persons to security agencies to aid their arrest and prosecution.

Meanwhile, investigations continue.

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