The Ghana Bar Association has described as “sickening and horrifying” news about the forceful release of the members of Delta Force who were standing trial for their attack of the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council.
In a statement jointly signed by the Association President Benson Nutsukpui and General Secretary Justin Amenuvor the Association said such “glorification of violence and dastardly acts” cannot be tolerated.
The statement follows attack of the Circuit Court in Kumasi by members of the NPP vigilante group Delta Force.
The group, in a record breaking height of impunity, set free 13 suspects and members of Force who were facing prosecution for acts of vandalism.
The attack captured on video showed how the group, numbering about 50, besieged the Kumasi Circuit court premises Thursday, in chants and taunts, broke into the court cells and freed their members who had only weeks ago chased out the Regional Security Coordinator appointed by the president.
The Judge had announced that the suspects were going to be remanded for two weeks pending further investigation, a move that did not go down well with the members of the vigilante group who were in the court premises.
In anger, they charged at the judge and demanded the immediate release of the suspects, Joy News’ Ashanti Region correspondent, Nurudeen Mohammed reported.
The 13 suspects freed are Kwadwo Fosu, Awal Sadat, Abubakar siddique, Jamel Issah, Hamza Mohammed, Salou Issahak, Akwasi Wusu.
Others are Kwabena Wusu, Kofi Kyei, Agya Baodu, Yussif Salou, Yussif Salou, Kwaku Awutwi.
The Interior Minister Ambrose Dery condemned in no uncertain terms the attack and warned the escapees that they will be hunted down.
But the GBA has joined the public in condemning the acts of lawlessness by members of the NPP security group.
“The GBA notes that any system that allows an individual, group of persons, institutions to disobey orders made by court of competent jurisdictions with impunity undermines the independence of the judiciary, creates room for anarchy, chaos and lawlessness. This certainly has no place under the 1992 Constitution of Ghana,” the statement said.
The GBA therefore called on the IGP to rearrest the 13 suspects who were made to escape and also cause an investigation into the attack of the court and prosecute perpetrators as well.
Hours after, eight of the escapees have however been arrested.