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Quayson’s Trial Moved To Feb. 20241 min read

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There is another long adjournment in the trial of Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin North, James Gyakye Quayson, as the case has been set down for February 7, 2024.

The long adjournment was taken on Wednesday as the MP, who according to his lawyers has a medical condition, continues to receive medical attention in Canada.

It was also a result of the trial judge, Justice Mary Yanzuh due to proceed on leave having sat during the legal vacation which lasted for two months.

The prosecution was expected to call its third witness yesterday but when the case was called, Tsatsu Tsikata, lead counsel for the accused requested an in-camera hearing in the judge’s chambers to explain the issues regarding the MP’s medical condition and his continuous absence.

Mr. Quayson is on trial for deceiving the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by making a false statement that he did not have a dual citizenship in order to acquire a Ghanaian passport.

He has been charged with five counts of deceit of public officer, forgery of passport or travel certificate, knowingly making a false statutory statement, perjury and false declaration of office.

Both the prosecution and the defence went into the judge’s chambers, and later gathered the case had been adjourned to February 7, 2024, by which time the judge would have returned from her leave.

The prosecution has so far called two witnesses as it pushes to establish the guilt of the MP, who it says knowingly misinformed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that he did not owe allegiance to another country in order to acquire a Ghanaian passport.