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Ex-Second Lady Robbery Trial to Start After Court Vacation

Prosecutors say they intend to call nine witnesses for the trial

The high court will officially start the trial in which self-acclaimed businessman Yahuza Osumanu, has been accused of robbing former second lady, Matilda Amissah-Arthur and other affluent individuals at the beginning of the next legal year in October.

On Thursday, June 20, parties completed Case Management Conference, setting the grounds for the trial to begin.

The presiding judge, Justice Lydia Osei Marfo also said that parties will reconvene on July 24, to set the trial dates. The court’s vacation begins in August.

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“CMC (Case Management Conference) is Completed. We shall adjourn for pre-trial proceedings, that is, when we will be agreeing to which particular time the trial will begin in next Legal Year (2024/25),” she said.

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Prosecutors say they intend to call nine witnesses for the trial. It is not yet clear how many the defence will call.

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Previously, Osumanu’s lawyers had applied, seeking bail for their client. But the judge denied that request, saying that the accused may likely dodge the trial if the request was granted.

Charged with 26 counts of robbery and money laundering, Osuman according to prosecutors attacked Mrs Amissah-Arthur at gunpoint, the same manner as he did with other victims in the suburbs of Ridge, Tesano, and the Airport Residential Area.

Some of his victims included popular architect Sir David Adjaye.

“Among the valuable items allegedly stolen from the victims are two Rolex watches worth $61,000, two Cartier wristwatches worth $19,000, an iPhone 15 Pro Max worth $1,000, jewellery worth $50,000, and more,” Prosecutors had said in case filings.

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