Wednesday, August 25, 2010

We've faith in judiciary - Abudus

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By William Yaw Owusu

Wednesday August 25, 2010
The Abudu Royal Family in Dagbon has declared their total support for the Chief Justice Mrs. Georgina T. Wood and the judiciary and urged them not to be “cowered and intimidated” by what the family describes as “somebody’s warped and parochial understanding of the doctrine of separation of powers and checks and balances.”

A news release issued in Accra yesterday and signed by Dr. Ziblim Iddi, Spokesperson of the family said they are disappointed in “the recent development on the ongoing trial of 15 members of our family standing trial for the murder of the late Ya-Na Yakubu Andani II.”

The release said “the family of the late king deserves justice and closure, and it is the obligation of the state to deliver that by adducing evidence in a competent court of jurisdiction.”

“The pursuit of justice in this country should not be at the whims and caprices of a select few politician.”

The release said the accused persons are innocent until proven guilty in a competent court of jurisdiction adding “they retain their constitutional right to fair and speedy trial, and should not be used as guinea pigs to serve the interest of any political party.”

“We continue to have faith in the justice system, and pray for the safety of all persons entrusted with the awesome responsibility to dispense justice in this country.”

It said the judiciary has a constitutional obligation to adjudicate and dispense justice to all manner of people including the 15 accused persons from the Abudu Gate adding “it is our hope that the Chief Justice would keep the wheel of justice running in this country by immediately appointing a new judge to sit on the case. This is a litmus test for the judiciary.”

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