BY MUNTALLA INUSAH | firstname.lastname@example.org
LAWYERS OF the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of COCOBOD, Dr Stephen Kwabena Opuni, have filed at the Court of Appeal a repeat motion for stay of proceedings in a case in which he and one Seidu Agongo are facing trial for causing financial loss to the state.
The Court of Appeal had earlier dismissed a similar application from the applicant after certain documents his lawyers intended to tender through Dr Yaw Adu Ampomah (3rd prosecution witness),a Special Advisor on Cocoa to the Minister of Food and Agriculture and former Deputy CEO of COCOBOD, were rejected by the trial court.
In the parties’ first appearance in court on Monday, October 7, 2019 after the legal vacation, the lead lawyer for Dr Opuni, Samuel Codjoe, informed the court that they had filed a repeat motion at the Court of Appeal on October 3, 2019.
He said the application at the Court of Appeal had been scheduled for November 11.
However, the Director of Public Prosecution, Mrs Yvonne Atakorah Obuobisah, who led a team of five from the Attorney General’s office, said they were only informed about the motion when they went to the court but they did not have a copy of it .
The Criminal Division of the Accra High Court, presided over by Justice Clemence Honyenugah, a Court of Appeal judge sitting with the additional responsibility as a High Court judge, also indicated that the court did not have a copy of the said motion either.
The court said a copy of that motion at the Court of Appeal ought to have been served on the Court registrar to get the High Court informed.
Counsel indicated that going forward they would ensure that was done.
The case has, however, been adjourned to November 13, two days after the application at the Court of Appeal had been determined.
Both Dr Opuni and Mr Agongo, CEO of Agricult Ghana Limited, were present in court.