It is feared that Gregory Afoko accused of committing and conspiring to commit murder some six years ago, is wasting away in poor health condition in remand cells.
He is supposed to be remanded in police custody but he is currently in the cells of Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) now National Investigations Bureau (NIB) in Accra.
A Counsel for Afoko, Nana Yaw Osei, last Thursday took turns to visit his client at the Greater Accra Regional Office of the NIB and shared some observation during his visit on his Facebook wall last Thursday.
His visit coincided with the 6th anniversary of the trial of his client (Afoko) who is accused for committing murder alongside one Asabke Alangdi, for allegedly conspiring to pour acid on a former Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Adams Mahama Adams Mahama dies after acid attack in May 21, 2015
A copy of his Facebook post sighted by the ghanacrimereport.com read in parts in distaste that: “The cell has very little or no ventilation at all”.
The counsel also observed that Afoko has been victimising from some health conditions, which he named as hypertension, heart problems, swollen feet, kidney, eye problems, toothaches and an excessively swollen bicep.
He expressed worry that “As an inmate, the State through the police in whose custody he is, does not buy the prescribed drugs for him. He would buy the drugs with his own money with the promise that the police would refund the money to him but it does not get refunded”.
“People, Greg is rotting away in detention even though he’s supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. To the extent that there’s medical evidence that the inmate’s health has been deteriorating yet it’s to the delight of some people in power”, he stated.
Trial at snail pace
Both Afoko and Alangdi are standing trial for their alleged commitment of crime but Mr Yaw Osei is worried that their trial is slowing.
“They are presently standing trial which is progressing at a snail’s pace. That’s even an understatement!”
The ghanacrimereport.com gathered that the arrest and trial of Afoko and accomplice have political sentiments and interests. Witness in Court says Adams Mahama told him Gregory, Asabke poured acid on him
For the record, Gregory Afoko is the young brother of a former National Chairman of the NPP, Paul Afoko who was suspended by his party. Also Read: Afoko poured acid on me
Abuse of Human Rights & Rule of LawMr Osei Yaw is of the view that human rights of his client has been abused for far too long which was not good a democratic nation like Ghana and its position on the UN’s 1948 Human Rights.
“The courts have refused to grant him bail except for the one which was granted to him in March 2019 but which the police refused to release him. Let no one lie that Greg was not released because he could not meet the bail conditions imposed on him by the court. I state emphatically that Gregory met all the conditions but the police with colonial mantra of ‘order from above’ refused to allow the court’s order to be operationalised. That was our version of rule in this country”, he posted.
Click on this for Nana Yaw Osei’s Facebook post
By Alexander Afriyie