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Accused ‘coup plotters’ denied bail

The Accra High Court has refused to grant bail to the seven persons out of the nine accused of plotting to overthrow the government.

Victor Adawudu, lead counsel for the accused persons Monday morning, moved three separate applications on notice for bail for all the accused persons.

It was his argument that the accused persons are being held in custody contrary to the laws on bail in the country.

He further claimed that his clients if granted bail are ready to come to Court any day to stand trial and clear their names.

Senior State Attorney, Hilda Craig, who represented the State opposed all the three applications.

Meanwhile, Justice George Buadi, in a ruling Monday, November 11, also held the view that the accused persons were not entitled to bail because they have not been unreasonably detained.

Justice Buadi argues the two months in detention on allegations of attempting to overthrow the government could not be described as unreasonable hence the reason for the bail denial.

“Two months detention on suspicion of committing treason is not unreasonable,” he noted.

He, therefore, upheld the argument of the prosecution that investigations were still ongoing and the accused persons could interfere with investigations when granted bail at this stage.

The accused persons as captured on the charge sheet of the State are Fredrick Yao Mac-Palm, Donyo Kafui A.K.A Ezor, Bright Alan Debrah Ofosu a.k.a Bright Alan Yeboah, Col. Samuel Kodzo Gameli, and Gershong Akpah. The rest are W.O.2 Esther Saan Dekuwine, Cpl. Seidu Abubakari, L/Cpl. Ali Solomon and L/Cpl. Sylvester Akanpewon.

The nine (9) accused persons have been charged with four counts of Conspiracy to commit crime namely Treason Felony contrary to section 23 (1) and 182 (b) of the Criminal and other Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29), Treason Felony contrary to section 182 (b) of the Criminal and other Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29), Conspiracy to commit crime namely Possession of Explosives, Arms and Ammunition without lawful excuse contrary to section 192 (1) of the Criminal and other Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29), and Possession of Explosives, Arms and Ammunition without lawful excuse contrary to section 192 (1) of the Criminal and other Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29).

Source The Ghana Report/Gloria KAFUI Ahiable

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