Today January 24, 2022

Court adjourns ruling for Agordzo’s motion to January 14, 22

Accra,- The Accra High Court before which ACP (ACP) Dr Benjamin Kwasi Agordzo has presented an ex-parte motion to revoke his interdiction, has adjourned hearing to January 14, 2022.

The Court presided over by Justice Mrs Olivia Obeng Owusu said: It is for judicial review based on the papers filed by the applicant as well as respondents; Inspector General of Police (IGP) and Attorney General (AG).

It said it did not think there was anything to hear from the parties.

The Attorney General, represented by Madam Sylvia Adesu, Chief State Attorney, prayed the Court to take note that, there was an active case against the applicant.

Mr Martin Kpebu, Defense Counsel for ACP Agordzo, told the Court that, “We will furnish the court with some supreme court decisions.”

The Court made reference to Order 65(8), saying that, The Court shall rely on all processes filed unless the Court wants to clarify issues…., hence the adjournment.

The IGP/ Respondent was absent.

Being one of the accused persons standing trial with nine others for treason, ACP Agordzo has applied for judicial review of the refusal of the IGP to invoke an interdiction order made in pursuant to Regulation 105(1) of the Police Service Regulation, 2012 CI 76.

The application stated that the interdiction order imposed on him on November 8, 2019 was unlawful and ought to be revoked, adding that the reduction of his salary by 25 per cent and being relieved of all duties as a police officer should be addressed.

In the affidavit to support his claim, he said that the IGP did not revoke it with the reason that it would undermine the applicant’s right of presumption of innocence, thus the need for the judicial review.

Furthermore, it said the purpose of the CI 76 was for internal regulation of the Police Service for investigation and disciplinary or criminal proceedings only.

The provisions relied on by the IGP referred to members of the Service convicted of criminal offences, the affidavit said, and that although he had not been convicted of any criminal offence, the IGP insisted on relying on those provisions to continue the illegality, therefore, the Court must intervene so that his rights would not be trampled upon.

Source: Ghana News Agency



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