A seven-member panel of the Supreme Court has denied Dr Stephen Kwabena Opuni’s request for a review of the court’s earlier decision to allow Justice Honyenuga to continue presiding over his High Court trial.
On February 22, the regular panel of five dismissed the motion for prohibition on the grounds that the petitioner had not established sufficient grounds for the apex court to exercise its discretion in his favor.
Clemence Honyenuga, the trial judge, has been accused by the former COCOBOD Chief Executive of being “biased” and unfriendly toward him.
Dr. Opuni must learn to speak the truth, the judge remarked when ruling on a plea for him to recuse himself, and wondered if he “may have been hallucinating” whenever he came to court for a hearing.
Dr. Opuni filed a two-part petition with the Supreme Court, asking the court to nullify some of the trial judge’s findings and to prevent him from continuing to serve as a trial judge.
The apex court found that the records of proceedings did not reveal any personal interests of the trial judge against the applicant, and so the plea to quash the December 16, 2021 proceedings could not be granted.
It went on to say that it didn’t think there was a real chance of prejudice against Dr. Opuni.
While ruling on the review motion in court on Tuesday, March 8, a panel of seven judges led by Justice Jones Dotse said that the review application against the apex court’s order on February 22, 2022 could not succeed.
According to the court, the applicant has not completed the requirements for the application to be reviewed in his favor.
As a result, the court ruled that the application “lacks substance and merit” and that it should be denied.
Opuni and a businessman, Seidu Agongo, are on trial for allegedly causing the state to lose more than GH271.3 million in a series of fertilizer sales.
Between November 2013 through January 2017, Dr. Opuni was the CEO of COCOBOD, and Agongo is the CEO of Agricult Ghana Limited, an agrochemicals company.
They have been granted bail after pleading not guilty to the accusations.