The Supreme Court has refused an application by former COCOBOD Chief Executive, Dr Stephen Kwabena Opuni, which sought to remove Justice Jones Doste from a review case concerning him.
Lawyers for Dr Opuni had argued that Justice Doste while acting as the Chief Justice had met with the Attorney-General, Mr Godfred Yeboah Dame, and therefore there was the likelihood that he would be bias.
A five-member panel, presided over by Justice Gabriel Pwamang, however, refused the application on the basis that Dr Opuni did not support his application with any reasonable grounds.
Review by A-G
The case involves an application by the Attorney General, Godfred Odame seeking the court to review its 3-2 majority decision which prohibited Justice Clemence Honyenuga, from presiding over the trial of Dr Opuni and Seidu Agongo.
The Court held that “by a majority decision of 4-3, Pwamang, Dordzie and Tanko JJSC dissenting, the application succeeds in its entirety.By this decision, Justice Clemence Jackson Honyenuga is reinstated as the trial judge.
The two have been accused of causing financial loss of more than GH¢217 million to state in a series of fertiliser deals during the tenure of Dr Opuni as Chief Executive of COCOBOD.
They have pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
Source|osimpamfm.com|Richard Owusu Tawiah