THE FIRST prosecution witness in the case in which Member of Parliament Mahama Ayariga and eight others are standing trial is out of coverage area.
In court on Monday, when the case was called the state was expected to call its first witness, but Michael Baafi, an officer from the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu’s office said they have not heard from the witness.
The Commercial Division of the Accra High Court presided over by Justice Afia Serwah Asare Botwe has adjourned the case to October 13, 2020, after the legal vacation.
The officer from Mr Amidu’s office told the court that they had made arraignments for the witness’ stay in Accra, but he had called to say that his mother was indisposed.
He said when he called, the witness said he was the one taking care of her.
Mr Baafi said he called the witness again last Saturday, and he assured him that he was at the bus terminal ready to move in Accra.
The officer told the court that when he called the witness later in the day on Saturday, the witness said he was in the bus coming to Accra.
But, Baafi said he didn’t hear from the witness again. He told the court that, he called him (witness) at about 8:00 pm on Sunday, but all his phones were off.
He informed the court that they are planning to subpoena him to come to the court.
Justice Botwe said due to the Chief Justice’s directive not to start new cases that may not be concluded before the end of the legal year, she had made arrangements for that particular case to ensure they at least reach the stage of submission of no case before the legal break
But the lawyers in the case agreed to come back after the legal year.
Case adjourned to October 13, 2020.
Source: Ghana/dailyheritage.com.gh/Muntalla Inusah