Judge Rebukes Prosecutors in Collins Dauda Trial for Delay Tactics

by Louisa Afful
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Justice Ernest Owusu-Dapaa, presiding over the trial of Alhaji Collins Dauda, a former Minister, criticized state prosecutors from the Attorney General’s office for attempting to delay proceedings. The Prosecution requested a week-long adjournment citing the absence of their second witness, who had official duties outside the country.

Expressing displeasure, Justice Owusu-Dapaa warned against further delays, recalling previous adjournments when the first witness was allowed to travel during his testimony. He firmly stated, “If you’re not ready to proceed, withdraw the case.”

The judge emphasized the importance of timely court proceedings and insisted that the second witness must be available next week. He reminded the Prosecution of their duty under Article 19 of the Constitution, highlighting the accused’s right to a fair trial and presumption of innocence.

The case was adjourned to July 2, 2024, with the judge urging the Prosecution to organize their documents promptly for the next hearing.

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