• Mon. Aug 15th, 2022

Opuni trial put on hold as Supreme Court decision on Honyenuga pends

Following his latest motion for certiorari and prohibition at the Supreme Court, Dr. Stephen Opuni, the former Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), has had his trial postponed.

On the grounds of alleged “hostility and likelihood of bias,” Dr. Opuni is attempting to prevent Justice Clemence Jackson Honyenuga, a Supreme Court judge sitting as an additional High Court judge, from continuing to hear his case.

The application, which is set to be filed on February 8, comes after the court denied his request on December 16 last year for the trial judge to disqualify himself from the case.

“The court has been served with request to the Supreme Court for prohibition and certiorari to forbid me from continuing to hear the case,” Justice Honyenuga said in court on Monday, January 17, 2022.

“It is reasonable to adjourn the matter until the Supreme Court’s ruling,” the judge said.

Despite the fact that the case’s Supreme Court hearing notice was set for February 8, 2022, Justice Honyenuga postponed the hearing until January 31.

Before today’s hearing, lawyers for Opuni told the court that they had filed a motion for certiorari and prohibition with the Supreme Court.

The court, however, stated that it had not seen the motion and hence could not comment on it.

Bias and animosity

According to the most recent motion, Dr. Opuni’s lawyers, lead by Samuel Codjoe, are seeking certiorari and prohibition from the Supreme Court’s supervisory jurisdiction.

The former COCOBOD boss, who is on trial with a private businessman, Seidu Agongo, and the businessman’s company, Agricult Ghana Limited, for allegedly causing the state to lose over GH217 million in financial losses, has filed an application requesting that the judge recuse himself from the case due to ‘hostility’ and ‘likelihood of bias’ against him.

Dr. Opuni’s application claimed that the trial judge had shown “open animosity” toward him, alleging that “his acts and conducts are such that justice cannot be said to be seen to be done.”

Dr. Opuni stated that the court has reverted to its old practice of agreeing on dates with lawyers involved in the case and is now imposing hearing dates that are inconsistent with what happened when the prosecution called its witnesses.

Antics

Mrs Evelyn Keelson, a Chief State Attorney, opposed the motion, arguing that it had no validity and that Dr. Opuni “failed terribly to produce any genuine evidence of prejudice against him by this court.”

“As we mentioned in our document, this application was brought to begin another round of shenanigans by the applicant to postpone the trial,” she said. “That is why we took the pains to present before this court in our affidavit in opposition the incidents that have characterized this trial.”

By order of the court

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Dr. Opuni, according to Justice Honyenuga, must learn to speak the truth rather than fabricate lies in order to gain public sympathy and avoid public mockery and hatred.

Dr. Opuni’s application to recuse himself, filed through his lawyers, was found to be spiteful, mischievous, feverish, and an abuse of judicial processes, according to Justice Honyenuga.

Dr. Opuni’s assertions in his application and affidavit are plain lies, according to the judge, and the former COCBOD leader must learn to “tell the truth.”

“I suppose the first accused might have been hallucinating when DW1 (Defence Witness) presented evidence” to make those frivolous and unjustified allegations against him, Justice Honyenuga said in his ruling after a protracted court session.

Dr Opuni is screaming wolf when there is none, according to Justice Honyenuga, a Justice of the Supreme Court serving as an additional rrsponsibility as a High Court judge.

According to the judge, Dr. Opuni’s (First Accused) averment in his affidavit attached to the application that “I demonstrated open animosity towards him once he launched his defense” is an obvious lie.

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