The defamation case by Anas Aremeyaw Anas against the Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, has been adjourned due to the health condition of the legislator.
The proceedings of 16th December 2021 were truncated owing to Mr. Agyapong’s health situation. After Mr. Agyapong had been reminded of his former oath, the legislature requested of the court if he could have a microphone because he had an issue with his voice. In the absence of an extra microphone for the MP, he was permitted to take off his mask so as to be heard.
After the initial first two questions, lawyers for Anas sought leave of the court to confer with a lawyer for Kennedy Agyapong.
Though the two lawyers spoke undertone, Kennedy Agyapong’s lawyer retorted “just go ahead and do your cross-examination”.
But on resumption of the cross-examination, it was noticed that Mr. Agyapong wasn’t feeling well and his discomfiture could be seen from his facial expression and sitting posture.
As Mr. Agyapong continued to exhibit signs of agony from his sitting posture and demeanor in court, lawyers for Anas intimated to the judge that they would want to make an observation to the court.
Lawyers for Anas then intimated to the court that since the start of the proceedings of the day, they had observed that it appears Mr. Agyapong was in pain of a sort.
They added that Mr. Agyapong makes excruciating gestures from his seat. Anas’ lawyers told the court that from the demeanor and state of Mr. Agyapong, if he was unwell, then the case should be adjourned.
In addition, Mr. Agyapong kept on visiting the washroom every few minutes before the case was called for hearing. The learned judge upon hearing the observation made by lawyers for Anas directed both lawyers to approach the bench.
Mr. Agyapong’s brother who is also his lawyer predicted what the judge may want to discuss with both lawyers, upon reaching where Mr. Agyapong was seated was heard asking Mr. Agyapong whether he (the lawyer) should agree to the imminent adjournment.
Mr. Agyapong in an and excruciating tone was heard saying “adjourn adjourn adjourn”. The astute judge, His Lordship Eric Baah, after conferring with both lawyers for a while, announced in court that the proceedings of the day had been adjourned on health grounds.
Asked when the case could continue, Kennedy’s lawyer said “My Lord I can’t tell”! As Mr. Agyapong was unable to indicate to the court when he would return from his medical treatment. The case was adjourned to 13th January 2022, where another witness would be called.
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