Witness testifies at Kennedy Agyapong’s trial

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Accra, Nov.13, GNA – Mr Samuel Owiredu Amoh, a Communication Officer of the Bureau of Ghana Languages, on Tuesday testified at the ongoing trial of Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Assin Central.

    Mr Amoh, who transcribed the CD’s containing the comments made by Kennedy Agyapong, is the second prosecution witness to testify in the case.

     Kennedy Agyapong has been charged for provocation of riot and offensive conduct conducive to breaches of the peace. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and he is on self recognizance bail.

     Mr Amoh, who was led in evidence by Mr Anthony Rexford Wiredu, Chief State Attorney, said he was in his office on April 20, 2012 when the receptionist called him that two men were looking for him.

     He said the two men were from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) who gave him two CDs labeled A&B and asked him to transcribe what was on the CD.

     He said after he had completed the work he handed over the CDs and the transcripts to the CID.

     When asked by Mr Ayikoi Otoo, Counsel for Kennedy Agyapong, whether the signature on the transcripts was his, he answered in the affirmative.

     When he was asked again if he remembered the number of times the accused used the word “If” as a condition in his statement,  Mr Amoh said he did not count the number of “Ifs” the accused made in his comment but he kept using it.

     Mr Ayikoi Otoo asked the witness whether he noticed the words used by the accused which says they should beat Gas and Voltarians and not kill all Gas and Voltarians as in the transcript.

     Mr Amoh said even though he did not disagree with defence, he was going by what was on the transcript.

      The witness was also asked to show where in the transcript the accused said Ashantis should kill Gas in the Ashanti Region.

      He said there was nothing of such statement in the transcript. The case has been adjourned to December 4, 2012.

      The accused was arrested on Monday, April 16, after being invited by the Police CID over statements he allegedly made the previous Friday, April 13, on his Accra-based radio station, Oman FM.
       He was alleged to have “declared war” and vowed to lynch any fake security operative, following the alleged physical attack on Ms Ursula Owusu,  NPP’s Ablekuma South parliamentary aspirant and Mr Abu Jinapor, an aide to the NPP flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, at Tarzan, a registration centre at Odododiodoo in Accra.
       The accused reportedly said he would organise supporters of the NPP to defend themselves because the police had failed to protect them.
       On Wednesday, April 18, the Adjabeng Magistrate’s Court in Accra declined jurisdiction in the case of treason, felony and attempted genocide brought against the accused, saying such crimes should be tried by the High Court.
       Ms Patricia Quansah, Presiding over the court, said in a ruling after  prosecution had asked for the remand of the accused, that such cases were heard by three high court judges.
       She said the Chief Justice on June 17, 2008, released a circular to all judges stating that cases such as treason, murder, narcotics and rape, were to be referred to the Chief Justice, who would in turn refer them to the court.
       Ms Quansah asked the prosecution, also led by Mr Wiredu, to refer the matter to the Chief Justice to determine which court should hear the case.

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