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Court declines Agordzo 10-day Kenya trip request

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Benjamin Agordzo request to go outside the nation for 10 days was denied by a three-member bench of the Accra High Court.

The panel, led by Justice Afia Serwah Asare-Botwe, ruled that the bail terms do not support his motion.
The nature of the offense, to which Dr Agordzo and nine others have pleaded not guilty, requires him to be present in court throughout sittings, according to the court.

Justice Hafisata Amaleboba and Justice Anthony Oppong are the other members of the panel.

On Monday, October 25, a senior police officer charged with abetment in an alleged coup plan along with nine others attempted to persuade the High Court to grant him ten days to travel.

Dr. Agordzo, who has pleaded not guilty to the charge, applied to the court for permission to travel to Nairobi to serve as resource people at the Security Sector Reform Training.
While moving the motion, Kormivi Dzotsi, counsel for Dr Agordzo (applicant), holding brief for lawyer Martin Kpebu, urged the court to amend the bail terms, which required him (accused – applicant) to report to the police twice a week.

“We hope the court will use its discretion to allow A10 to go outside of the jurisdiction.” This is especially crucial because, according to A10’s affidavit, he is willing to renounce his right to a speedy trial in order to avoid further delays,” his counsel said.

He also stated that the trial can continue in his absence, which will last 10 days, and that his family, particularly his wife and lawyer, will be present in court to watch the proceedings, and that if anything is required of the court, he will be prepared to offer it.

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AG is against the application.

The foundation of the opposition, according to Winifred Sarpong, a Principal State Attorney, is that the offence for which the accused is brought before this court is not one for which his presence may be overlooked by this court in order for him to attend this program.

She stated the offence for which the petitioner has been accused is the greatest offence in the land, referring to Section 70 of Act 30.
She argued that the case in front of the court is not a misdemeanor or one that can be handled while he is out of the country.

The Principal State Attorney went on to say that, in these days of Covid-19, international organizations are organizing programs online, and if the applicant (accused) wants to participate, he can do so.

ACP Dr Benjamin Agordzo, Colonel Samuel Kodzo Gameli, Dr Frederick Mac-Palm, Donya Kafui, Bright Alan Debrah Ofosu, Johannes Zikpi, Corporal Seidu Abubakar, Lance Corporal Ali Solomon, Corporal Sylvester Akanpewon, and Warrant Officer (II) Esther Saan Dekuwine are the ten accused persons.

They’ve all pleaded not guilty to counts ranging from high treason, treason, and abetment to conspiracy to conduct crime.

The prosecution played the video footage recorded by third prosecution witness Staff Sergeant Awarf Sule, which formed the basis of this case, in front of all of the defendants.

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