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Afoko's family angry over discontinuation of case

Family members of Gregory Afoko, the first suspect at the centre of the killing of former Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr. Adams Mahama, are livid over the discontinuation of the case which they claimed was almost completed.

Government has filed a nolle prosequai to discontinue the case following the arrest of a new suspect, Asabke Alangdi. It has thus restarted the case; a move Afoko’s family is incensed over.
“The family of Mr. Gregory Afoko feels disappointed, disheartened and outraged by the last minute filing of a nolle prosequai by the Attorney-General in the matter involving their son and brother.”
“The family is again very shocked at the reason given by the Government through the Minister of Information for the discontinuation and re-start of the case involving Gregory that was almost complete,” the family stated in a statement copied citinewsroom.com.

While the case had dragged for almost four years, the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah on Monday said a new suspect linked to the murder has been arrested and as such the case is to be restarted.
But Afoko’s family said the State has dealt with their son “unjustifiably” by detaining him for the about four years.
“The Family is of the view that having unjustifiably served almost four (4) years in detention, the trial of our son was set to end next month after Gregory had maintained his innocence in the matter right from day one. We were very optimistic, after following the trial closely, that Gregory was going to be acquitted and discharged to enjoy his freedom barring any last-minute behind-the-scene pulling of strings to skew judgment against our son.”
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“Our worst fears were confirmed  yesterday [Monday], when we heard that the Attorney-General’s Office had filed a Nolle Prosequai  discontinuing with  the case, and hoping to  start afresh following the alleged arrest of a suspect, one Asabke Alangde.”
The family questioned why the trial could not have progressed “to its logical  conclusion whilst that of another suspect is started?”
“If the prosecution knew that it would need another suspect in the matter to be able to prosecute successfully, why put Gregory through the pain of going through the whole trial process only to turn around and say that you want to prosecute the two together?”
Stop twisting the stories; I’m innocent – Gregory Afoko yells at prosecutors
In a related development, Gregory Afoko after a hearing at a district court in Accra on Tuesday, angrily expressed his frustration with the case.
Afoko who said he is innocent said: “Why do you treat me like this?”

“You brought 14 witnesses and they were all withdrawn, and you are still polishing those lies. I’ve done nothing wrong. Why do you treat me like this? Police be honest, stop the lies. I’ve not committed any crime. That man [Adams Mahama] is my sister’s son. Why are you twisting the story?” he complained after the court case.
“Am I killing Adams to take his trousers or his shirt? You people are twisting the stories.”
Below is the full statement from Afoko’s family:
The family of Mr. Gregory Afoko feels disappointed, disheartened and outraged by the last minute filing of a Nolle Prosequai by the Attorney-General in the matter involving their son and brother.
The family is again very shocked at the reason given by the Government through the Minister of Information for the discontinuation and re-start of the case involving Gregory that was almost complete.
The Family is of the view that having unjustifiably served almost four (4) years in detention, the trial of our son was set to end next month after Gregory had maintained his innocence in the matter right from day one.
We were very optimistic, after following the trial closely, that Gregory was going to be acquitted and discharged to enjoy his freedom barring any last-minute behind-the-scene pulling of strings to skew judgment against our son.
Our worst fears were confirmed yesterday when we heard that the Attorney-Gensrals Office had filed a Nolle Prosequai discontinuing with the case and hoping to start afresh following the alleged arrest of a suspect, one Asabke Alangde.
The family wants to know if the Gregory trial could not have proceeded to its logical conclusion whilst that of another suspect is started? If the Prosecution knew that it would need another suspect in the matter to be able to prosecute successfully, why put Gregory through the pain of going through the whole trial process only to turn around and say that you want to prosecute the two together?
The prosecution called 14 witnesses and closed its case. Gregory after testifying called only one witness and closed his case. What was left was judgment!
The hasty manner in which the “nolle prosequi” was filed and the accused dragged out of the Nsawam Medium Security Prisons last night only in his shorts and thrown into BNI cells thereafter without affording him the opportunity of even anybody including his lawyers deepened our suspicion that some unseen hands are bent on finding him guilty at all cost.
This is a travesty of justice for our son and brother who aside from suffering for the past 4 years, will have to go through further trauma just because some people in authority have already convicted him even before the courts give their verdict.
Based on the statement released by the Minister of Information it is evident that the state felt the trial was not going in its favour and therefore adopted the latest legal gymnastics to frustrate the process and punish Gregory for an offence he did not commit.
The above informs our belief that there is a sinister motive to have Gregory suffer for a crime he has not committed. On our part we will stand by our relative and offer him maximum support until he gets the true justice every Ghanaian deserves.
Thank you.
Robert Atong Asekabta Esq.
Spokesperson – Ayieta Family
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