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General News of Friday, 19 October 2018


Justice Dotse informed me about 3 judges’ murder - ‘Outraged’ Tsatsu reacts

Lawyer Tsikata claims he knew nothing about the murders till Justice Dotse informed him Lawyer Tsikata claims he knew nothing about the murders till Justice Dotse informed him

Legal luminary, Tsatsu Tsikata has denied knowing anything about the abduction and murder of the three judges and an army major in 1982, has filed.

According to him, at no point in time was he aware of any development around the murder calling it “an outrageous claim”.

“It is an outrageous claim. Completely outrageous!” Tsatsu Tsikata fired.

“From the bottom of my heart, I had nothing to do with the murder of the judges” he added.

“The day that I heard that judges had been abducted, I was actually in court in Ho. I had left Acrra in the morning. I had driven to Ho oblivious of the murder of the judges. There was a case I was doing for some farmers in Ho, as I was entering the town I didn’t know where the court was so I saw a lawyer as he was then and I wanted to ask him for direction to the court. That is Lawyer Dotse as he was then. I knew him because he was my student at Legon. So he asked me about the murder of the judges. I was completely dumbfounded. I hope Justice Jones Dotse will not mind my making this public,” Tsatsu explained.


On June 30, 1982, three High Court judges, Justice Cecelia Koranteng Addo, Kwadwo Adjei Agyepong, Poku Sarkodie and a retired army officer, Major Sam Acquah were abducted within curfew hours, shot and burnt by ruthless, lawless men including young soldiers over claims they were corrupt.

The judges had adjudicated high profile cases involving the then military government and had freed suspects who were brought before them. They were abducted and murdered ostensibly because they were deemed to be bias and corrupt.

The murder shook the nation prompting the arrest of some of the suspects who were tried and found guilty. Joachim Amartey Kwei, Lance Corporal Samuel Michael Senyah, ex-soldier Johnny Dzandu, Tony Tekpor, Lance Corporal Gordon Kwowu, Lance Corporal Mama Nsurowua, Lance Corporal Victor Gomeleshio, Sergeant Daniel Alolga Akata Pore were all named.

Some of the suspects were shot after they were found guilty but Lance Corporal Amedeka escaped and has since not returned to Ghana.

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