Coup ‘Plotters’ Case Lingers –

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The state is yet to conclude its investigations
into the case involving some 10 persons arrested in connection with an alleged
plot to destabilise the country and overthrow the Akufo-Addo administration.

The accused persons who are facing charges, including
treason felony, are before a Kaneshie District Court where a committal
proceeding is taking place for their possible arraignment at a High Court.

Yesterday, all the suspects who are mostly
security personnel were brought to the District Court for the committal
proceedings amid heavy security escort.

The Proprietor of the Citadel Hospital, Dr.
Frederick Yao Mac-Palm, who is a Medical Doctor and believed to be the ring
leader; Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP/Dr.  Benjamin Agordzo, as well as a senior
officer, Col. Samuel Kojo Gameli were all marched to the courtroom by the
escorting officers.

It turned out that the security agencies are
yet to conclude their investigations and forward the docket to the Office of
the Attorney-General (AG) for advice.

The conclusion of investigations will also help
the AG to prepare the Bill of Indictment detailing the charges against each accused
person as well as a summary of evidence and exhibits the state intends to rely on
for the trial if the accused persons are committed by the District Court.

The prosecution led by ASP Sylvester Asare told
the presiding Magistrate Eleanor Barnes-Botchway that they had still not concluded
the investigations.

He pleaded with the court to adjourn the case to
enable them to carry out thorough investigations but could not give any indications
as to when their work would be completed and the docket forwarded to the AG for
legal advice.

Victor K. Adawudu, representing Dr. Mac-Palm
and some of the other accused persons, earlier inquired from the magistrate
whether the prosecution had filed the bill of indictment but the magistrate said
she does not have anything on the records.

Provisional Charges

Provisionally, all the accused persons are facing
five counts of treason felony, conspiracy, treason, abetment of treason felony and
possession of explosives and ammunition without lawful excuse.

Their pleas have not been taken as the charges
are indictable offences and the proper trial has to be conducted at the High
Court.

Remand

They were all remanded by the court into police
and military custody as the police said they were ‘far advanced’ with their
investigations. According to ASP Asare, the prosecution required a few weeks to
get their house in order.

“We say that in the coming weeks, we shall
indicate to this court our intention to commence the committal proceedings,” he
had said in court.

IGP

One of the suspects, ACP Dr.  Benjamin Agordzo, who is senior police officer,
was at the last sitting released to the custody of the Inspector General of
Police (IGP) on the orders of the court.

His lawyer Martin Kpebu had told the court that
there is convention in the police service where senior officers who find
themselves in such situations are released to the IGP for custody.

Other
Suspects

Other accused persons being tried in connection
with the alleged coup plot are Donya Kafui, aka Ezor, a local weapon
manufacturer (blacksmith) from Alavanyo, and Bright Allan Debrah Ofosu, aka BB
or ADC, both civilians.

The military officers caught in the alleged
coup plot apart from Col. are Gameli, Lance Corporal Ali Solomon, Lance
Corporal Sylvester Akapewu, Lance Corporal Seidu Abubakar and one WO II Esther
Saan aka Mama Gee of the Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS) and also
a civilian employee of the Ghana Armed Forces, Gershon Akpa.

Sitting continues on December 19, 2019.

BY Gibril Abdul Razak

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