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Dormaahene’s remark on Gyakye Quayson’s trial is “wrong and senseless” – Sam Okudzeto

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Dormaahene's remark on Gyakye Quayson's trial is "wrong and senseless" - Sam Okudzeto

Sam Okudzeto, a former President of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) and a member of the General Legal Council has denounced the Dormaahene for his statements on the pending trial of Assin North MP-elect James Gyakye Quayson.

He believes that Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyemang Badu II, a sitting High Court Judge, erred in publicly calling for the criminal trial to be dismissed.

“It is wrong, repugnant, and senseless for a sitting high court judge to stand on a public platform and make an utterance of that nature,” he stated on Joy FM’s Top Story. “This is my opinion,” he stated.

The Dormaahene, Osagyefo Badu II, also the President of the Bono Regional House of Chiefs, has asked President Akufo-Addo to intervene and stop the prosecution of MP-elect James Gyakye Quayson.

Speaking at the 10th-anniversary lecture of John Evans Atta Mills in Sunyani, Osagyefo Agyemang Badu, also known in judicial practice as His Lordship, Justice Daniel Mensah, stated that pursuing the case will have no impact on the country’s progress.

“As a matter of urgency, I am appealing to the President of the Republic, Attorney General if he has any role to play, that the trial should be aborted,” he appealed.

As a result, he urged the Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame, to “immediately file a nolle prosequi to end that particular decision.”

He voiced concern once more over the Supreme Court’s decision, which resulted in Mr Quayson’s removal from parliament.

The Dormaahene stated unequivocally that if he had been a member of the panel deciding on the issue, he would have taken a different approach.

As a result of this, Mr Okudzeto, the former President of the Ghana Bar Association, has demanded that the judge be fired immediately.

“If I was sitting in that disciplinary committee of the judicial council, I would have asked him to resign or asked him to be sacked as a judge. That’s what I would have done,” he said.

He suggested that folks take up the issue and file a complaint with the relevant authority in order to keep persons in power in check.

The Attorney-General’s Office has accused the Assin North MP-elect, James Gyakye Quayson, with forgery and perjury.

He is also accused of manipulating a public officer and making a false declaration when he submitted nominations to run in the 2020 election despite not having relinquished his Canadian citizenship.

He has, however, filed a move on notice with the High Court seeking a stay of proceedings pending an appeal.

Meanwhile, after winning the Assin North, he is scheduled to be sworn in again on Tuesday, July 4.

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Hopeson Adorye granted GH¢20,000 bail

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Yaw Buaben Asamoa, a senior player in the Movement for Change, believes Adorye's detention was politically motivated.

The Dansoman court granted Hopeson Adorye, a senior activist in the Movement for Change, bail of GH¢20,000 with two sureties.

The ruling came after Adorye’s detention and subsequent court appearance on May 23, 2024.

Adorye was detained after making statements on an Accra-based radio station that has now gone viral, claiming that dynamite exploded in the Volta Region during the 2016 General Election.

Yaw Buaben Asamoa, a senior player in the Movement for Change, believes Adorye’s detention was politically motivated.

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Handcuffed Hopeson Adorye clashes with police

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The police apprehended him on Wednesday after he claimed to have ignited explosives in the Volta Region during the 2016 general elections. Mr. Adorye made the remark during a radio broadcast in Accra, and it has since gone viral. In an interview with Joy FM, Yaw Buaben Asamoa, a former Member of Parliament for Adenta and current member of the Movement for Change, stated that the arrest is politically motivated.

Hopeson Adorye, a key member of the Movement for Change who has been detained, had a verbal altercation with a police officer as he was being led out of the police headquarters on Wednesday, May 22.

He attempted to talk with his lawyer, Ken Kuranchie while being put into a police car, but the officer interrupted and instructed him to proceed rapidly inside the car.

It was at this moment that he yelled to the police officer, “I’m talking to my lawyer, please, and you’re obstructing me. What is the significance of that? Are you the sole police officer?

The police apprehended him on Wednesday after he claimed to have ignited explosives in the Volta Region during the 2016 general elections.

Mr Adorye remarked during a radio broadcast in Accra, and it has since gone viral.

In an interview with Joy FM, Yaw Buaben Asamoa, a former Member of Parliament for Adenta and current member of the Movement for Change, stated that the arrest is politically motivated.

He stated, “Hopeson Adorye is not about to flee Ghana or his house since the police aim to prosecute him with the dissemination of fake information.

“So, to go to the extent of keeping him all day in the police station and bringing him over to the Ministries to detain him, you point fingers backward at yourself that there is something political at play and it’s not fair,” he said.

“This is obviously politically motivated, there is no doubt about that,” he said.

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Buaben Asamoa claims Hopeson Adorye’s detention politically motivated

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He further alleged that he followed Mr. Adorye to the police headquarters, where he was requested to submit a statement and spent the entire day. However, about 6 p.m., they were informed that Mr. Adorye would be held until additional instructions from upstairs. Mr. Buaben Asamoa believes Adorye's detention is politically motivated, claiming that the police are awaiting orders from higher, hinting that the arrest is not simply a police decision. He also feels Adorye's detention is an attempt to intimidate the Movement for Change and quiet Adorye, who has been public about his views.

Yaw Buaben Asamoa, a member of the Movement for Change and former Member of Parliament for the Adentan seat, has suggested that Hopeson Adorye’s detention is politically motivated.

Police detained Hopeson Adorye, a major member of the Movement for Change, after he claimed to have exploded dynamites in the Volta Region during the 2016 General Elections.

Mr Adorye remarked during a radio broadcast in Accra, and it has since gone viral.

In an interview with Citi News, Mr. Buaben Asamoa said that Mr. Adorye was summoned to the police headquarters on Wednesday and thereafter held.

He further alleged that he followed Mr Adorye to the police headquarters, where he was requested to submit a statement and spent the entire day.

However, at about 6 p.m., they were informed that Mr. Adorye would be held until additional instructions from upstairs.

Mr Buaben Asamoa believes Adorye’s detention is politically motivated, claiming that the police are awaiting orders from higher, hinting that the arrest is not simply a police decision.

He also feels Adorye’s detention is an attempt to intimidate the Movement for Change and quiet Adorye, who has been public about his views.

“Because Hopson has been up and running, and some folks are feeling a bit tense and Jiffy about some of the things he has said. And this is the method of muscling him, attempting to scare the movement for change; it will not succeed. “I am convinced that it is politically motivated.”

Mr. Adorye is now in detention and scheduled to appear in court on Thursday. He has not yet been charged with a crime, but authorities are looking into the dissemination of incorrect information.

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