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Lack of lawyers for 5, in Major Mahama’s Trial Forces Court to Adjourn Sitting

Criminal High Court presided over by Court Of Appeal judge sitting with additional responsibility as a High Court judge, Justice Mariama Owusu, has adjourned the trial of 14 persons accused of murdering the late Major Mahama because five (5) of the 14 accused persons did not have legal representation.

The presiding judge indicated that since it is a murder trial, it is extremely important that all the accused persons have legal representation before the trial starts.

The first, second and fourth accused persons were represented in court by Augustine Gyamfi. He indicated to the court that he is in talks with other human rights lawyers for them to pick up the case on pro-bono basis to ensure that all the accused persons have proper representation.

The accused persons who had no representation included Joseph Appiah,  Bismarck Abanga, Kojo, Kofi Nyamekye and Kwesi Asante. The Presiding Judge,  Mariama Owusu subsequently adjourned sitting to the 21st of March, 2018, with a caution to the accused persons without representation that the Court at the next adjourned date will be forced to proceed with the trial.

After the court sitting,  family spokesperson for Major Mahama’s family, Zachariah Sakara Ahmed, observed that the family is not happy about the number of persons standing trial for the murder of their son. It was their expectation that some fifty (50) persons would have stood trial.

The family would however not begrudge the police for prosecuting only fourteen (14). The father of the late Major Mahama, Captain Rtd. Dennis Mahama was in court for the first time to observe court proceedings.|Ghana

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