Martin Kpebu, Counsel for ACP Dr Benjamin Agordzor, the policeman standing trial in court for allegedly assisting a “foiled” coup plot has announced plans to go to the High Court to fight for the release of his client.
Speaking to ABC NEWS Friday, November 8, 2019, Mr Kpebu disclosed that they will head to the High Court Monday to file a bail application for his client who has been remanded in police custody by the kaneshie District Court.
ACP Agordzor, who is currently on remand at the Ministries Police station, was remanded in BNI custody, Wednesday, after his counsel filed an application challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear the case.
The defence counsel submitted that the state had violated Dr Agordzo’s right to apply for bail, by presenting him to a court (District Court) that has no jurisdiction to grant or refuse bail.
Martin Kpebu requested that the judge cede the case to a higher court on the basis that “the judge should not handle the case at all because usually from experience the judge will just remand the accused person till the next court sitting and then the defense counsel will be told that he should go to the High Court and all bail; can you imagine.”
But the court today dismissed the application, hence their decision to go to the High Court to seek for bail.
“So we are going to file for bail in the High Court Monday morning,” he told ABC NEWS.
ACP Agordzor has been charged with abetment to commit treason after it emerged that he uttered some comments on a WhatsApp platform, in which the alleged coup plotters were also part, and also allegedly gave some financial assistance to the coup plotters.
But the lawyer for the Policeman is unhappy that his client has been remanded insisting, “we are saying that the practice of bringing accused persons to court and remanding them is wrong.”
He gave a strong indication that they will head to the Supreme Court, within two weeks, to challenge that aspect of the law.
Meanwhile, Dr. Agordzor, after the court proceedings Wednesday, swore to defend his name to the end of the matter, as he addressed the media.
“Nobody should involve me in any coup”, he told the media, pointing out that his so-called ‘Whatsapp connection’ to the alleged coup is baseless and unrelated, and “I’ll stand for this. I’ll stand for this till the end. They cannot break me down at all, and I’m as strong as anything. Thank you very much for your support, thank you very much, thank you”, he thundered, finally saluting his listeners even as his escorts prodded him it was enough and time to go while the media trailed him for more.”
The court presided over by Her Worship Eleanor Botwe has cautioned the police top hierarchy not to take him from the place of remand.
Dr Agordzor is expected in court again on November 20, 2019.