Leader of the Minority Caucus Haruna Iddrissu has debunked claims that Assin North Lawmaker James Gyakye Quayson has been avoiding the court. The lawmaker is standing trial for the deceit of public officer, forgery of passport or travelling document and knowingly making a false statutory declaration for office.
Haruna Iddrissu explained that the legislator is ready to be accountable to the law, however, the prosecution had failed to follow due processes in getting him to report to the court.
During a media briefing after court proceedings on Tuesday, Haruna Iddrisu said the prosecution failed to follow the law which requires that since the suspect is a legislator, he must be served through the Speaker of Parliament.
“At no point in time has it ever been the intention of Gyakye Quayson or the Minority not to be accountable to the law. What we have sought to question is the process and procedures allowing us to be accountable to the law and to respect the fidelity of the law. If you wanted to serve him, the easy thing to do is to come through the Speaker of Parliament in accordance with the constitution on how civil and criminal processes are served. That is all,” he said.
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He pointed out that the beleaguered legislator had previously met with a CID investigation panel, and that was because he was properly invited through the Speaker of Parliament.
Haruna Iddrisu further said he firmly believes that James Quayson is innocent.
James Gyakye Quayson, for the first time, personally reported in court on Tuesday to face trial. He has since been granted a GH¢100,000 bail with one surety.
He has also been ordered to deposit his passport with the Registry of the trial Court; Criminal Court 3 Division of the High Court.
The case has been adjourned to March 15, 2022.