The Financial Division of the Accra High Court trying Dr Mac Palm and others for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government, has subpoenaed Dr Joel Paddy, a medical practitioner, to appear before it today, to explain why he is requesting a two day absence from court for Bright Alan Debrah, one of accused persons.
The order followed an application by counsel for Deborah, Kojogah Adawudu praying the court to give his client permission to absent himself from court proceedings for two days, on health grounds.
The court, presided over by justices – Afia Serwaa Asare-Botwe, Hafisata Amaleboba and Stephen Oppong – explained that in criminal trials, the moment one person absents him or herself from court, the case cannot continue.
According to the court, this is the reason why it earlier rejected a request by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Dr. Benjamin Kwasi Agordzo to travel to Kenya.
Dr Fredrick Yao Mac Palm (A1), ACP Dr. Agordzo, Colonel Samuel Kodzo Gameli, WOII Esther Saan, Corporal Seidu Abukakar and Corporal Ali Solomon, Donyo Kafui, Bright Alan Debrah, Johannes Zikpi and Sylvester Akankpewu are being tried for allegedly plotting to topple the Akufo-Addo government.
So far, three prosecution witnesses had appeared before the court to give account of how the accused persons planned to oust the government.
The court has also received audios and videos allegedly recorded by the third prosecution witness, Staff Sergeant Awarf Sule.
Defence counsel for A1, E.A. Vordoagu has finished cross-examining the witness over his evidence in chief, the video, audio proof and background.