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Sports News of Sunday, 2 February 2003


Stadium disaster police trial begins

The trial of six police charged with manslaughter for their involvement in the Accra stadium disaster will begin on Monday 3 February.
The case will be heard at the Accra High Court.

The police were initially charged by the government in November 2001.

124 people died in the tragedy on 9 May 2001 during a derby league game between Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko.

A report released by the commission of inquiry into the disaster blamed the police for the deaths.

They were said to have fired tear gas after fans sitting at a section of the stadium began to throw sits protesting a refereeing decision.

It was the worst stadium disaster in African football history.