An Accra High Court, following a hung jury, has granted Gregory Afoko a fresh trial over the murder of Alhaji Adams Mahama, a former Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The case has been ongoing for eight years as the former NPP chair died in 2015 in a tragic acid incident.
The decision to begin a whole new trial was taken on Thursday, April 27, 2023. The jury returned a 4:3 verdict over the charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
Meanwhile, the co-accused, Asabke Alangdi was found guilty for conspiracy to commit murder and has been sentenced to death.
The decision was taken by the court unanimously. However, the lawyers of the suspect are ready to file an appeal.
In 2022, the High Court ordered the suspects to open their defence but the lawyers of Gregory Afoko and Asabke Alangde filed a notice of appeal to challenge the order.
On June 14, 2022, State Prosecutors closed their case after parading 16 witnesses, but lawyers of the accused persons filed a submission of no case to answer on the grounds that, the testimonies of the prosecution witnesses have not established a prima facie evidence against them.
Source: The Independent Ghana