- 11 journalists covering the trial of two suspects in the murder of JB Danquah were driven out of the courtroom
- The judge allegedly sacked journalists out of her court without a reason
The magistrate hearing the JB Danquah murder case, Arit Nsemoh prevent journalists from covering the court's proceedings without any reason.
According to Joy news reporter who was present the judge asked all journalists present to leave the courtroom when she entered.
“She referred to us [journalists] as ‘spectators’ and asked us to move away from the doorway,” the reporter said.
Meanwhile, it not clear what led to the sack of the media from the court room.
The case was however, adjourned to June 29, 2017 because the state prosecutor opined they waiting for feedback from the Attorney General Department.
The two prime suspects who are alleged to have killed the former Abuakwa South MP, Joseph Boakye Danquah at his Shiashi residence in Accra on February 8, 2016 .
They have been charged with murder and abetment of murder. Daniel Asiedu and Vincent Bossu allegedly confessed to committing the crime.
The trial of the two has dragged and the family of the deceased as well as the public have questioned why the case is still lingering.
The two suspects had been standing trial until they were discharged on May 30 by the High Court after the A-G, Sophia Akuffo filed a process to discontinue the case.
The state prosecutor handling the matter, Sefakor Batsa cited Section 54 of the Criminal and Other Offences Act, 1960 (Act 30), as the basis for the A-G’s decision to file the nolle prosequi.
In an interview with Joy News in May, Sophia Akuffo explained, "what has necessitated the withdrawal by the entering of a nolle prosequoi is to enable us conduct further investigations into aspects of the matter.”
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