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Cecilia Dapaah vs OSP: Chief Justice to appoint new judge to continue trial

The Chief Justice, Gertrude Araba Esaaba Torkornoo is expected to appoint a new judge to replace the judge hearing the case between the Office of the Special Prosecutor and former Sanitation Minister, Cecilia Abena Dapaah.

This is because Justice Edward Twum, the substantive judge on the case is proceeding on leave. The presiding judge sat throughout the legal vacation.

When the case was called on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, the presiding judge called the parties into his chambers for a brief meeting after which the hearing was adjourned to November 29.

Earlier, the Chief Justice declined a petition by the Office of the Special Prosecutor to remove Justice Twum from hearing all its cases before him over alleged prejudice in favour of the former Sanitation Minister.

On October 25, shortly after the Financial and Economic Court 2 had adjourned the trial awaiting the decision of the Chief Justice regarding the petition by the OSP, the investigative institution posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, that the Chief Justice had refused to accede to its request.

“By a letter dated October 25, 2023, the Judicial Secretary informed the Special Prosecutor that, the Chief Justice is unable to accede to the Office of the Special Prosecutor’s (OSP) request for his Lordship Justice Edward Twum to be recused and removed from all cases involving the OSP pending before him,” the OSP tweeted.

The OSP is yet to move its motion to Stay Proceedings until the determination of the motion of certiorari at the Supreme Court to quash an earlier decision of the Accra High Court which granted an application of an abridgement of time filed by Cecilia Dapaah explaining to the court that delay in the hearing of the case was causing her discomfort and stress, since her assets and bank accounts remained seized and frozen.

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