James Gyakye Quayson, the NDC Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin North, is currently on trial.
However, the proceedings have been put on hold as Justice Mary Maame Ekue Yanzuh, the trial judge, is going on leave. Justice Yanzuh was one of the 12 judges who sat during the legal vacation between August and September and is now required to take leave.
During a court session on November 22, when the prosecution was supposed to call its third witness, the case was heard in chambers, with Defence Counsel Tsatsu Tsikata present. The trial was subsequently adjourned.
There has been controversy surrounding the absence of the accused, as his lawyers claim he is in Canada for a medical examination. The court has ordered the trial to continue in his absence, a decision that his lawyers are contesting at the Supreme Court.
The next court date is scheduled for February 7, 2024, which is two months and 14 days from now.
The MP for Assin North is facing five charges, including Deceit of Public Officer, forgery of passport or travel certificates, knowingly making a false statutory declaration, perjury, and false declaration for office. He has entered a plea of not guilty and has been granted bail.
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