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Fresh evidence against coup plotters filed

The suspected coup plotters

New evidence is set to be filed in the coup plotters case, as the state prosecution has retrieved three mobile phones from two accused persons and a state witness.

The state prosecution intends to file this as additional evidence to strengthen its case against ACP Benjamin Agordzor, Dr Frederick Yao Mac Palm and eight others standing trial for an attempted coup.

On Friday, the Senior State Attorney Hilda Craig moved a motion praying the court to grant them leave to file additional evidence.

The Accra High Court judge, Justice Samuel Asiedu granted the motion and subsequently adjourned the case to November 20, 2020.

Background

At the last hearing, the court registry informed patrons of the court that it is yet to get a response from the selected jurors who will sit on the case.

The Accra High Court hopes that members of the jury would be ready to be empaneled to hear the case against the 10 persons charged with plotting a coup.

By November, it would be one year since high-ranking police officer ACP Benjamin Agodzor was charged with with abetment to treason felony.

A medical doctor, Dr. Frederick Yao Mac Palm, has been accused of being the plot’s mastermind.

Dr. Frederick Yao Mac Palm, has been accused of being the plot’s mastermind.

The eight other accused persons are Colonel Samuel Kodzo Gameli, Donya Kafui, Bright Alan Debrah Ofosu, Johannes Zikpi, Corporal Seidu Abubakar, Lance Corporal Ali Solomon and Corporal Slyvester Akanpewon.

The accused persons have been slapped with six separate charges including treason felony contrary to section 23 (1) and 182 (b) of the criminal and other offences Act, 1960.

Dr Mac-Palm, Dornyor Kafui, Allan Debrah Ofosu, Dekuwine, Abubakar, L/Cpl Akanpewon and Zikpi are on charges of conspiracy to commit treason felony and treason felony.

Dr Mac-Palm and Kafui have been separately charged with conspiracy to possess explosives and ammunition without lawful excuse and possession of explosives and ammunition without lawful excuse.

Col Gameli and ACP Dr Agordzo have been charged with abetment to treason felony. Charges, they have all pleaded not guilty to.

The court also directed the prosecution team led by Senior State Attorney, Hilda Craig to ensure all the lawyers are served with the disclosure documents.

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