The Eastern Regional branch of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) has held a solemn service to commemorate the death of the three high court judges and a retired army officer who were killed on June 30, 1982
The Eastern Regional President of the GBA, Mr Kwasi Amoako Adjei, noted that the 30th edition of the Martyrs Day celebration would be held nationally.
The three slain judges were Justices Mr Kwadwo Agyei Agyepong,Mr Fred Opoku-Sarkodee and Mrs Cecilia Koranteng-Addow and a retired major of the army, Mr Sam Acquah who were abducted and murdered in a gruesome manner on June 30, 1982. Their death shook the entire nation to reality.
In a homily, the administrator of the St George’s Catholic Cathedral, Very Reverend Father Felix Davordzi said the blood of the three high court judges had become a seed of justice that would grow and bear fruits just like the Martyrs of Uganda who became a seed for the Catholic Church.
He said the lives of the three high court judges and the retired army officer was laid down for freedom and justice and must serve as a constant reminder to the current generation, especially the bar and the bench to always uphold the truth.
The catholic priest reminded the members of the bar and bench that they had taken a noble profession and must fulfill their mandate by discharging their duties without fear or favor adding, “In your line of duty as lawyers, you must focus on the crown of glory that will never fade or depart”
He said just as the Apostle Paul stated in scripture that “he has finished the race and kept the faith, many may fall in line of the race just like the slained judges, it is important to complete whatever we are doing now in the discharge of our duties”
In a tribute read on behalf of the GBA, Mrs Nana Gyankoma Djaba-Mensah, a state attorney said the death of the three high court judges shook the nation and the very foundation of freedom and justice and that their death shall always be a memorial for the bar and bench.
The solemn ceremony was held at the premises of the Koforidua High court and was well attended by the GBA members and staff of the judicial service in the region.