James Quayson’s variation application will be heard in court tomorrow

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The hearing date for James Gyakye Quayson’s application to modify the court’s orders to conduct his criminal charges on a day-by-day basis has been set for Wednesday, June 21, 2023.

After the State informed the court that they would require further time to respond to the motions made by the applicant, this occurred.

James Quayson had entered a not-guilty plea to five charges, including perjury, making a false statutory declaration, misleading the public officer, and forging a passport or other travel document.

He is currently on trial after being granted bail.

On June 16, the Accra High Court’s Criminal Division, presided over by Justice Mary Maame Ekue Yanzuh, ordered that the trial be held every day in response to an oral application by the Attorney General.

James Quayson’s attorneys had asked the court to postpone the case until right after June 27 because Mr. Quayson will be participating in a by-election on that day.

However, their request was denied.

The defense team for the defendants, led by Tsatsu Tsikata, submitted an application for review or modification of the court’s orders on June 16.

When the parties met in court on Tuesday, June 20, Mr. Quayson’s attorneys requested for the application to be moved.

However, Alfred Tuah Yeboah, a deputy attorney general, told the court that they would need more time to respond to the request and he asked for the matter to be continued until June 21.

Although the case was scheduled to continue today (June 20), the defense attorney had claimed that the subject matter logically came before any additional hearings or cross-examination.

According to the affidavit supporting the application, Mr. Tsikata stated, “we referred to extremely prejudicial, unfounded, and offensive remarks made by the AG against the accused individual while seeking an application for daily hearing of the case between today (June 20) and June 23.

Counsel said that Justin Terriwajjah, the junior attorney, had informed the court that the accused is a candidate for the House of Representatives in the by-election that the Electoral Commission had scheduled for June 27.

Mr. Tsikata added that his junior had informed the court and requested that it grant the accused the chance to participate in the electoral process with fairgrounds.

“It is our submission that the device that was being resorted to that there is no proof of service was a way of the AG ensuring the day-to-day appearance of the accused in court,” Mr Tsikata pointed out.

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com

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