James Quayson Trial: Stop Wasting State Money On Hate Prosecution.
James Quayson Trial: Joyce Bawa Mogtari, the Special Aide to former President, has called on the government to cease wasting taxpayers’ money on the prosecution of Assin North MP, James Gyakye Quayson.
Bawa Mogtari expressed her view that the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice’s prosecution of Mr. Gyakye Quayson is unnecessary and should be halted immediately.
She argued that the limited resources of the state should be allocated to more pressing issues that directly impact the lives of the Ghanaian people.
In a tweet on July 12, the former Deputy Transport Minister advised the government and the Attorney-General to put an end to the trial.
She wrote, “Wait a minute! I strongly believe it is time for the government to put an end to this needless waste of taxpayers’ money on the hate prosecution of the MP for Assin North.
We should be focusing our resources on more pressing issues that affect our country.”
Bawa Mogtari called on other well-meaning Ghanaians to join in the plea and raise their voices.
She believed that collective efforts would compel the Attorney-General to file a nolle prosequi, effectively ending the prosecution.
She added, “I urge all well-meaning Ghanaians to join in calling on Nana Akufo-Addo and his AG to file a nolle prosequi and bring an end to this case once and for all.
Let’s work together to make our voices heard and demand a fair and just outcome.”
The Assin North MP, James Gyakye Quayson, was removed from Parliament following a Supreme Court ruling upholding the annulment of the 2020 constituency election by a High Court.
Despite facing a criminal trial over allegations of dual citizenship that led to his removal from Parliament, Mr. Quayson won the Assin North Constituency seat again in the subsequent election.
He is also accused of deceiving a public officer and making false declarations when he filed nominations for the 2020 election without renouncing his Canadian citizenship.
However, a motion to stay proceedings filed by his lawyers at the High Court was dismissed on July 11. The High Court ruled that his trial would proceed on a daily basis.