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04 July 2017

Appeals court adjourns Francis Sosu suspension case

The Court of Appeal has adjourned the case brought by Human Rights lawyer Francis Xavier Sosu who is challenging his suspension from the bar for professional malpractice.

The General Legal Council which handed down the suspension was represented in court by Kizito Beyuo who pleaded for the adjournment.

He said the GLC is unable to respond to fresh allegations contained in a statement handed to him just before the day’s court session began.

He explained some of the allegations were against officers of the GLC who need to be contacted before a response can be put together.

Justice F.G Kobieh granted the request and adjourned proceedings to July 11.

Lawyer Sosu was handed a  3-year ban on June 1, for overcharging a client as well as advertising his services.

He filed a stay of execution June 13 at the Court of Appeal to suspend the implementation of his suspension. The General Legal Council filed its statement in opposition to the embattled lawyer’s request.

But Francis Sosu has filed a supplementary statement which requires a response for the General Legal Council.

The exact nature of Sosu’s fresh allegations is not yet known.

Mr Sosu has described the GLC decision to suspend him as a “substantial miscarriage of justice’’ and a violation of Article 19 (1) of the 1992 Constitution.

He has condemned it as “harsh and excessive’’.

 

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