Victor Kojogah Adawudu, the lead lawyer for the nine persons accused of attempting to destabilize the country has defended his outburst in court yesterday saying, the prosecutor was disrespectful.
Drama unfolded at the Kaneshie District Court on Friday, January 25, when the state prosecutor, ASP Sylvester Asare accused Mr Adawudu of peddling falsehood against the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI).
Mr Adawudu complained to the Judge, Rosemond Dodua Agyiri that his client, Dr Frederick Mac Palm who is the first accused person in the case was refused a request to be sent to the police hospital for treatment and was manhandled by the BNI officials who insisted he seeks medical attention at the BNI clinic instead.
Interjecting this complaint, the police prosecutor warned the defence lawyer to be careful about his utterances against the BNI, to which Mr Adawudu flared up, inviting his colleague for a fight outside the courtroom with the words: “what do you mean I should be careful? If you are a man, meet me outside the Court and I will show you.”
Speaking to ABC News moments after the incident, lawyer Adawudu said his outburst was justified because the tradition at the bar does not give junior lawyers permission to disrespect their seniors.
He again insisted that his culture teaches him to “hit” the mouth of anyone who shows disrespect to him and he will not ‘deviate’ from that culture.
“He told me I should be careful, that’s why I told him he should not think the police uniform intimidates people, and that if he wants a fight, he should meet me outside and we can have a fight, not in the courtroom. We have a tradition at the bar, that when there’s a senior at the bar, you a junior must respect the traditions at the bar, if you don’t understand or know the law, you don’t make a wrong proposition and start interjecting with arrogance, there’s a tradition and sometimes you need to let them know the tradition.
“I’m a human being and you have to also be candid and if you’re speaking and you’re candid somebody who is peddling falsehood, I have a right to be angry. My colleagues know me and they know my practice at the bar, but when somebody wants to show arrogance, from where I come from, I am cultured. From the home where I was raised up, you don’t speak to people anyhow and when you speak to people anyhow, they hit your mouth. And for me, my culture, anybody who wants to show disrespect and arrogance, there’s a way to treat it. I will not deviate from what my culture has taughtt me,” he told ABC News.
It took the intervention of the District Court Judge to calm tempers as she ordered that the accused person, Frederick Mac Palm, be sent to the Police Hospital at all material times should he require medical attention.
The Court, however, dismissed a request by Mr Adawudu for full disclosure of all the evidence the Prosecution intends to rely on to establish their case against the accused persons on the grounds that a District Court does not have the mandate to make a disclosure on the case and can only give out the charge sheet.
The Court ruled that disclosures will be made at the High Court as soon as indictment proceedings are completed and the case is set for trial.
The case has been adjourned to Thursday, February 6, 2020.