Sekondi High Court adjourns “galamsey case” to April 10

A Sekondi High Court presided over by his Lordship Justice Edward Amoako Asante has adjourned the case involving the five Chinese and their five Ghanaian accomplices who were arrested for illegally mining in the Ankobra River to April 10. This was after state prosecutor has pleaded the court to give it time to gather more facts for it defense. When the case was called on Monday at the Sekondi Magistrate Court State prosecutor Sergeant Francisca Nyarko pleaded the court presided over by Her Lordship Mrs. Susana Eduful that the matter be transferred from the Sekondi Magistrate Court to the Sekondi Circuit Court as the Magistrate Court do not have jurisdiction over the case. Lawyer for the accused persons Stephen Alewaba supported the plea on similar grounds of lack of Jurisdiction. The presiding Judge subsequently granted the plea. Unfortunately when the case was sent to the Circuit Court there was no sitting. As a result the case was sent to the High Court. In his opening defense State Prosecutor George Sackey asked the Judge to give the state two weeks to conduct more investigations on the case which the Judge accepted. In an interview with journalists after proceedings Lawyer Alewaba insisted his clients have a good case and the onus lies on the state to prove they are guilty. He was however unhappy that his clients were refused bail.

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