CID & IGP  bosses face court today over Afoko bail brouhaha

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The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), David Asante-Apeatu, and COP Maame Tiwaa Addo Danquah, Director-General of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) could be jailed if the court finds him guilty of contemp.

The Ghana Police failed to release murder suspect and member of the NPP Gregory Afoko after a High Court order on March 20, 2019 for the suspect to be released on bail.

The two high profiled security officers are being blamed for the decision of the Ghana police to set aside the court’s order and still keep the suspect, Gregory Afoko, for up to 120 days on remand after the court had granted him bail for meeting of the requirements.

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The contempt of court case brought against them was scheduled for July 3, 2019, but was again adjourned to today, July 22, 2019. This was because; representatives of both the CID and IGP bosses were not in the country on the day.

Justice of the High Court in charge of the case, Jennifer Dodoo, had once issued an order for the police to produce Gregory Afoko to execute the bail.

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Afoko has been on trial for past 4 years since 2015 when he was picked up as a key suspect in the murder of the former Upper East Regional Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Adams Mahama.

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The murdered chairman, Adams Mahama was attacked with acid on his way home on May 20, 2015, by two people and later died of extensive acid burns.

In recent times, human rights activists home and abroad have raised issues about the abuse of the rights of the accused and the failure of the police to act on the order of the court. Some have called what is going on, political victimization.

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