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Court adjourns Stephen Opuni's case to April 30

Author: Emmanuel Ebo Hawkson
Dr Stephen Opuni
Dr Stephen Opuni

The Accra High Court has adjourned the case of former COCOBOD boss, Dr Stephen Opuni, to allow the Supreme Court determine a constitutional issue related to the case.

Lawyers for Dr Opuni, who is standing trial for allegedly causing financial loss of Gh¢271.3m to the state, filed a motion praying for all the documents that the Attorney-General will use to prosecute their client.

They premised their arguments on Article 19 clause 2 (e) and (g) of the 1992 Constitution, which bordered on fair trial.

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But the High Court, presided over by Mr Justice C.J Honyenuga, Wednesday decided not to rule on the matter, but to wait for the Supreme Court to give an interpretation of Article 19 clause 2 (e) and (g).

Article 19 clause 2 (e) and (g) was referred to the Supreme Court for interpretation in February, this year, by another High Court handling the National Communications Authority (NCA) $4million scandal case.

According to Mr Justice Honyenuga, ruling on the matter before the Supreme Court comes out with its interpretation would amount to usurping the powers of the Supreme Court.

He accordingly adjourned the case to April 30, 2018.

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Dr Opuni and a businessman, Seidu Agongo, were dragged to court in March 2018 for allegedly indulging in acts that cost the state GH¢271.3 million in a fertiliser deal.