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Barker-Vormawor’s bail hearing adjourned to March 14

Source The Ghana Report

The High Court in Tema has adjourned the bail application hearing by #Fixthecountry convener Oliver Barker-Vormawor to 14 March 2022.

The adjournment is to allow enough time for the defence team led by Akoto Ampaw to study the affidavit in opposition to their bail request filed by the Attorney General.

When the case was called today (Thursday, 10 March 22), State Attorney Winnifred Sarpong informed the court that they filed their affidavit in opposition on 9 March 2022 at about 1:30 pm.

She, however, said the defence team were yet to be served with a copy.

The defence team prayed for a week to study the documents and make their submissions.

The accused Oliver Barker-Vormawor, currently on a provisional charge of treason felony, has been in police custody since 11 February.

Earlier, a press release from the #FixTheCountry group revealed that their leader was unwell and rushed to the hospital.

According to the movement, he complained of “general discomfort” in the latter part of the Wednesday morning.

“Doctors have since come to assess his health and discovered that his blood pressure has shot up,” a statement by the pressure group said.

But the accused was present for Thursday’s proceedings. When the presiding judge, Justice Daniel Mensah asked how he was faring, Barker-Vormawor stood up and responded, “My Lord, I am okay”.

Background

The accused was arrested on 11 February by the Tema Regional Police Command following a post he allegedly made on social media to the effect that he would stage a coup himself if Parliament passed the controversial Electronic Levy (E-Levy) Bill.

“The post contained a clear statement of intent with a possible will to execute a coup in his declaration of intent to subvert the constitution of the Republic of Ghana,” the police statement dated 12 February 2022, signed by the Director-General of Public Affairs, DCOP Kwesi Ofori said.

After his post, a section of Ghanaians who found his comments distasteful poured out on social media to call the Ghana Police Service to arrest him.

He was arraigned on Monday, 14 February 2022, and has been on remand since his first Ashaiman District court appearance.

Mr Barker-Vormawor has been charged with treason felony, but he pleaded not guilty.

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