General News of Tuesday, 12 December 2017
Six accused persons suspected to have been involved in the murder of Major Maxwell Mahama are to be discharged by the Accra Central Magistrate court.
A Chief State Attorney, Evelyn Keelson told the court presided over by Worlanyo Kotoku that upon the instructions of the Attorney General, there are not enough evidence to prosecute the six and their orders for their discharge.
Kasapa Fm’s court correspondent, Daakyehene Ofosu Agyeman reported that the state is ready to begin the committal hearing at the next adjourned date, December 19, 2017.
Madam Evelyn Keelson cited Section 59 of the Criminal Act which clearly states that on the instructions of AG, an accused person may be discharged.
The six who are likely to walk free in the coming days are Yaw Annor, Philip Badu, Kwame Agyei, Solomon Sackey, Vivian Asahene and Anthony Amoah.
The court refused to take the oral submission to discharge them.
The Judge, Worlanyo Kotoku directed the Attorney General to serve parties with bail of indictment.
The deceased, Major Mahama, an officer of the 5th Infantry Battalion, at Burma Camp in Accra but on a national assignment at Denkyira Obuasi in the Central Region, was said to have been on his daily jogging session on Monday [May 29, 2017], when some angry youth of the town attacked him, on suspicion that he was an armed robber.
The Police subsequently arrested over fifty suspects who had fled the town to other regions in the country.
Further investigations reduced the number of suspects to 19.