Judges of the Supreme Court have announced after today’s sitting that they will deliver their final ruling on a decision by the legal representation of the Electoral Commission Chairperson, Jean Mensa to close her case without subjecting herself to cross-examination.
This comes after a prolonged argument by the parties involved on why the court should dismiss the motion by the respondents or grant the Petitioner a request to cross-examine witnesses for the respondents.
Today’s sitting began with the Lawyer of the Electoral Commissioner Justin Amenuvor, rehashing his argument that there was no need for Jean Mensa to mount the witness box based on testimonies given by the witnesses of the Petitioner during cross-examination.
On his side, Lead Counsel for 2nd respondent (Akufo-Addo), said arguments from the Petitioner are misconceived and have not specified the burden of truth.
In a sharp rebuttal, the Lead Counsel for John Mahama, Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata mounted a spirited debate in court against the contentions of his 1st and 2nd respondent.
He told the court the respondent’s withdrawal was an affront to justice and not in accordance with the rules of the court.
In other news, violent clashes between residents of two communities in the Eastern Region; Menpemehoasem and Odumasi, has led to the death of one person.
The victim is reported to have received multiple gunshot wounds and died while receiving treatment at the Nsawam Government Hospital.
The Amasaman Divisional Police has since arrested five (5) persons suspected to have committed the atrocious act.
They are Ben Darko 68; James Sarpong, 67; Asante Bright, 31; Victor Sika Kwaku, 18; and Opanin Asane Kwame, 64.
The Accra Regional Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Efia Tenge, when contacted said the police were investigating a murder case and possession of firearms and ammunition without lawful authority against the arrested suspects and not the boundary demarcation as earlier claimed.
By Edwin Abanga