General News of Wednesday, 19 July 2017
A witness in the ongoing GYEEDA case, Jacob Adongo has expressed worry at the way the trial has been fashioned out.
According to him, there is a deliberate attempt by some state actors to deny the accused in the ongoing litigation access to documents he believed are essential to reaching a conclusion on the matter.
He disclosed that the documents which were picked up by EOCO after they raided the offices of NYEP haven’t been returned.
This he noted has made it difficult for the accused, former NYEP National Coordinator, Abuga Pele and Consultant to GIG, to gain access to some vital documents.
He emphasised that such an act points to a grand scheme put together by some State actors to deny them access to the documents.
He was quick to point out that even though state actors were working to deny them access he can’t say same for the Court.
Adongo asserted “this could be described as a grand scheme by some state actors except this Court to deny officialdom of NYEP especially the defence side very relevant documents to assist the Court to come to any determination on this matter”
“As of now, documents including Service agreements are yet to come from EOCO and how the Attorney-General’s Department can conveniently forget these documents is a matter of concern,” he added.
Jacob Adongo, who happens to also be a former deputy National Coordinator of the NYEP, noted that “the denial of the existence of a contract by former Minister of Youth and Sports, Clement Humado, is part of the grand mischief”
He suggested that all contracts and agreements involving the NYEP needed the consent and signature of the Minister and thus he was in the know of any such agreement in contention.
He was surprised that the “Minister at the time who gave all approvals or rejections could strangely become a prosecution witness. This was conveniently made up to deny the accused persons a fair trial”
The case has been adjourned to Monday, July 24 for the continuation of cross examination by the Attorney General.
The matter is however left in a suspense as the continuation of cross-examination will be based on the ruling of the Court of Appeal on Thursday on an application of stay of prosecution on an aspect of the case.
Captain Mahama murder trial
The Court on Wednesday granted the request of prosecuting Counsel to move all 19 accused from the police cell to the prisons at Nsawam.
This follows a request put forth by police prosecutor Supt George Amega who raised security concerns over the suspects’ continuous stay in police cells saying prison custody will be the safest place for them since they are currently scattered in police cells in Accra and beyond.
The case has been adjourned to August 3.