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General News of Wednesday, 4 December 2019


Coup plotters ‘suffer’ another adjournment

The 10 suspected coup plotters who have been charged of treason felony by the state have had their hearing adjourned to December 19, 2019.

This follows a request by the state prosecutor who prayed the court presided by Magistrate Eleanor Kakra Bans Botwe for more time to gather evidence against the alleged coup conspirators.

At the Kaneshie district court in Accra today, all suspects including a senior police officer, ACP Dr Benjamin Agordzi were present for the hearing.

Meawhile, State Prosecutors had, at the previous hearing, changed the charge sheet thus presenting a new one in court.

State Prosecutor, Sylvester Asare, said the new sheet was intended to have the charges against all suspects including ACP Agordzo’s in a single document.

The new charge sheet has offences including conspiracy to commit crime namely treason felony, abetment to commit crime namely treason felony, possession of explosives, arms and ammunition without lawful excuse.

Speaking to the media after the hearing, a displeased lead counsel for the 9 suspects, Victor Adawudu, said he was disappointed at the state prosecution’s argument that the state has had more than enough time to complete investigations as well as gather evidences.

“Since September that we have been coming everyday; they said they will file it they’ve not done it. For me I’m disappointed. I told you that they won’t do it."

He added, “But you see it’s now moving from prosecution to persecution. It is just clear that you will level an allegation against somebody- you said you have done intelligence and investigation for 15 months and till now we are in the 18th month you cannot put even the summary of evidence before court.”

“So we will hold on but I believe the truth shall come out. No matter what happens, if the case will stand we will see.”