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General News of Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Source: classfmonline.com

Army man arrested over Volta group secession plan

A military man attached to the 66 Artillery Regiment in Ho, Volta Region, has been arrested in connection with plans by the Homeland Study Group Foundation to secede from Ghana.

The latest development means the prosecution of the case will take a different turn.

The Commercial Court 6 Division of the Accra High Court presided over by three justices discharged the eight leaders of the separatist group who were arrested a few weeks ago and have been standing trial upon a request by the prosecution team.

The prosecution team is to amend its earlier charge sheet to include the new suspect, who was arrested by the Military Police on 5 May 2019.

Class91.3FM's Ibrahim Obeng-Mensah reported that the prosecution team, led by Fred Awindango, prayed the court to remand all the nine accused persons to enable them to conclude with their investigations to expedite the trial.

According to the prosecution team, the court should not consider bail for them, since, they argued, locating them will be difficult.

However, one of the judges, Justice Afia Asare Botwe, said the prosecution failed to provide an explicit explanation as to why the accused persons should continue to be remanded.

Later, the prosecution prayed the court to use its own discretion to determine the fate of the nine accused persons.

The court admitted Mr Charles Kormi Kudjordjie, the over 80-year-old leader of the secessionist group, to a bail bond of GHS250,000 with two sureties.

The other eight were remanded to reappear in court.

The case was adjourned to 6 June 2019.