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Gyakye Quayson’s trial continues in his absence while the court questions his medical explanation

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The judge, Justice Mary Yanzuh, ordered that the trial be continued in absentia if the accused, who she considered had no good excuse to be absent, committed another comparable offence. However, when the matter was summoned on Thursday, his attorneys, lead by Tsatsu Tsikata, revealed that James Gyakye Quayson was out of the country for medical testing and treatment.

In his absence, the High Court in Accra heard the case concerning Assin North Member of Parliament James Gyakye Quayson.

This comes after the politician failed to appear in court on Thursday as ordered.

The accused, who is on trial for perjury charges, was ordered by the court on November 3 to appear in court or join a virtual connection on November 9.

The inability of the accused and his counsel to appear for hearings on the last postponed date prompted this decision.

The judge, Justice Mary Yanzuh, ordered that the trial be continued in absentia if the accused, who she considered had no good excuse to be absent, committed another comparable offence.

However, when the matter was summoned on Thursday, his attorneys, led by Tsatsu Tsikata, revealed that James Gyakye Quayson was out of the country for medical testing and treatment.

“The accused person is in Canada for medical tests and the requisite treatment arising from those tests,” Tsatsu Tsikata noted in court.

He informed the court that the accused was preparing for medical doctors in Canada to offer an update on his medical state, which may take 5 months.

He did, however, say that procedures are being taken to acquire a medical practitioner in Ghana to testify about the legislator’s medical condition.

“I am, therefore, asking the court to allow us to contact that doctor in Ghana to make him available to the court to make it clear to the court the medical situation which makes it necessary for the accused to go for medical treatment from specialized doctors,” Tsatsu Tsikata pleaded with the court.

He also informed the court that his client and counsel were unaware of the November 3 hearing at which the order to perhaps trial the matter in his absence was issued.

He requested the court to reconsider its November 3 decision.

However, the Judge stated that there was no proof before the court proving the accused’s medical condition; so, the court would treat him as if he had no medical problem as alleged.

The court then ordered the trial to proceed in his absence under article 19(3b) of the 1992 constitution and requested Tsatsu Tsikata to finish his cross-examination of prosecution witness 1, Richard Takyi, a Central Region NPP official.

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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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