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Coup plot trial adjourned to December 19

Source The Ghana Report/Sefanam Agbobli

The Kaneshie District Court has adjourned to December 19, 2019, the treason case involving ten persons charged with an attempt to destabilise the country.

The decision is to enable the prosecution to continue with its investigations.

The Prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Sylvester Asare told the court he has not filed the Bill of Indictment (BI).

He told the court presided over by Mrs Eleanor Kakra Barnes-Botchway that the indictment would be filed only after investigations have been completed.

He, however, asked for more time to enable the prosecution to continue with its investigations.

The accused persons are a medical practitioner Dr Frederick Yao Mac-Palm, CEO of the Citadel Hospital, Donyo Kafui alias Ezor, Blacksmith, Bright Alan Debra alias BB or ADC, Freight Manager, Colonel Samuel Kojo Gameli, military officer and Gershon Akpa, a weapon mechanic with the Ghana Armed Forces.

Others are Warrant Officer II Esther Saan, military officer, Corporal Seidu Abubakar, Lance Corporal Ali Solomon, Lance Corporal Sylvester Akankpewu, all military officers and Assistant Commissioner of Police Dr Benjamin Agordzo.

They have been charged with conspiracy to commit crime, conspiracy to possess ammunition, possession of firearms without lawful excuse and conspiracy to commit treason.

ASP Asare said all the ten accused persons are members of “Take Action Ghana”, a group incorporated by Mac Palm in 2018.

According to him, the group planned to demonstrate against the government and overtake it.

He further noted that Mac-Palm and Ofosu in July 2018, hired Kafui from Alavanyo in the Volta Region to produce arms for that purpose.

He said in the process, a total of 22 explosives, six pistols, three grenades and five ammunitions were produced.

Prosecution said later, the others were contacted among whom were Akpa who agreed and supplied two AK47 rifles for GH₵2,000.00.

He could not give more and returned the money after pressure from Mac-Palm.

ASP Asare said they held meetings to facilitate the process and drew a map covering the Flagstaff House, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, 37 Military Hospital, Burma Camp to facilitate their movements.

He said Colonel Gameli, promised to give his support before, during and after the planned event whilst ACP Agordzo offered them advice and contributed in cash to support them.

He said Mac-Palm provided a quantity of substance which when inhaled would make one sleep for an hour, stating that all these took place between June 2018 and September 2019, adding that they were arrested upon a tip-off.

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