Ken Agyapong

Ken Agyapong

AN ACCRA Circuit Court has adjourned the case of Kennedy Agyepong, Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, who is on trial for provocation of riot, to June 18, 2013, for continuation.

This followed a request by his counsel, Joseph Ayikoi Otoo, requesting the court to give him a little time to study a response from the Attorney-General?s Department challenging his application for submission of no case.

The court, presided over by Ebenezer Osei Darko, agreed to counsel?s request and adjourned the case to the said date.

The prosecutor, Anthony Rexford Wiredu and the accused, Kennedy Agyepong were absent.

The prosecution and the defence were expected to move the application on the next hearing date.

Nii Ayikoi Otoo who believed that the prosecution had not been able to make a case against the accused on April 9, 2013, wanted to make an oral application for the submission of no case. However, the court asked him to bring a formal application which he has since obliged.

The accused was arrested on Monday, April 16, 2012, after he was invited by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service over statements he allegedly made on his Accra-based radio station, Oman FM.

He was alleged to have ?declared war? and vowed to lynch any fake security operative following the alleged physical attack on Ursula Owusu, the MP for Ablekuma West and Abu Jinapor, a former aide to the 2012 NPP flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, at Odododiodoo during the biometric registration exercise.

The MP reportedly further asked Akans to beat Voltarians and Gas.

On the last adjourned date, the prosecution closed their case after Mr. Wiredu brought two tapes with recordings of what Mr. Agyepong had allegedly said on radio for which he was in the dock facing trial. The tapes were played in open court.

The tapes, according to the investigator, were obtained from Oman FM and a police source.

The MP has pleaded not guilty to provocation to riot and offensive conduct.

 By Mary Anane

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