General News of Monday, 26 January 2015
Lawyer for Eric Amoateng has expressed dissatisfaction with the prosecution’s delay in completing his client’s case.
The case was earlier adjourned from November 30, 2014 to January 26, 2015 after the fourth witness; Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) John Kweku London, failed to appear in court.
It was however adjourned for the second consecutive time today [Monday, January, 26] due to the failure of the prosecutor, DSP Derry Aiden, to appear in court due to ill health.
Mr. Amoateng’s lawyers was expected to continue cross-examination of the investigator, however, Derry’s failure to appear in court forced the judge to adjourn the case.
Speaking to Citi News, Amoateng’s lawyer, Charles Pouzing said: “ever since he came back to Ghana after serving his sentence, this trial has began so we are hoping that it will be done… early for him to start his new life, but unfortunately its been slow.”
“Its been frustrating partly because there is a charge and also because the man needs to move on and we as lawyers too we have our programmes, once you do not finish one case, its difficult for you to add others if you really want to do a lot of work for your clients; so for us, it is frustrating so we believe that the earlier these matters are resolved, the better for both the party, the court itself and then the lawyers,” he added.
Amoateng was arrested upon his arrival from the United States where he served a ten-year jail term for illegal drug trafficking.
He was subsequently arrested by the Ghana Police at the Kotoka International Airport for possessing a fake passport.
After his arrest, the court granted him bail of Ghc200,000 which he failed to meet.