General News of Tuesday, 19 December 2017
An Accra District Court on Tuesday freed eight (8) suspects linked to the murder of Major Maxwell Adam Mahama for lack of evidence.
The release of the suspects was based on recommendations from the Attorney General’s Department that there is no sufficient evidence against the eight persons to warrant their committal to stand trial in the case which is still in its preparatory stage.
The freed suspects include; Yaw Annor, Philip Badu, Kwame Adjei, Solomon Sackey, Vivian Asahene, Anthony Amegah, Solomon Kojo Fordjour and Ebenezer Appiah.
A bill of indictment has been presented to the court for the committal proceedings to begin for the other 14 who are believed to be linked to the unfortunate incident.
The late Major Maxwell Adam Mahama was who was the platoon commander leading a contingent against illegal mining activities at Denkyira-Obuasu was gruesomely murdered by residents of the area who mistook him for an armed robber after he was reportedly spotted with a sidearm.
There are still conflicting reports as to what actually happened leading to the death of the young military officer who was the commander of a detachment stationed at Denkyira-Obuasi in the Upper Denkyira West District of the Central Region to combat illegal mining.
But more than 60 suspects were arrested but have been trimmed to 20 including, Akwasi Baah, Solomon Sackey, Kwame Agyei, Joseph Appiah Kubi (aka Kum Dede), Akosua Takyiwaa (aka Maabono), Esther Dauda (aka Asha) and Michael Kumah (aka Kojo Anim) to reappear on later date.
All suspects have been provisionally charged with two counts of murder contrary to section 46 of the criminal code and other offences act of 1960, Act 29 as well as conspiracy to commit crime to wit murder: contrary to section 23(1) and 46 of the criminal and other offences act 1960 (Act 29).