8 Delta Force members who stormed court remanded

8 Delta Force members who stormed court remanded
Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Naa Sakwaba Akwa | faustine.akwa@myjoyonline.com
Date: 10-04-2017 Time: 11:04:21:am

A Circuit Court in the Ashanti regional capital, Kumasi has refused bail to the eight members of pro-NPP group Delta Force who stormed a court there last week and freed suspects.

This was after counsel for the accused prayed the court to grant them bail.

The lawyers said their clients were nowhere near the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly Court, therefore, could not have caused the distraction they are being accused of.

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In view of that, the lawyers requested that they are granted bail in the interest of national security and peace, praying the court should not use remand as a form of punishment.

The Judge whose name has been withheld asked if the Prosecution had anything to say about the request for bail, the prosecution said it had nothing to say, Luv FM's Erastus Asare Donkor reported.

Delta Force Court

The bail request of the Defence and the loud silence of the prosecution notwithstanding, the judge remanded the suspects in police custody.

The judge said due to the nature of the case, the bail request cannot be granted.

He has directed that the accused be remanded to reappear in court on April, 18, 2017.

Erastus Asare Donkor, who was in court, reported that the well built men looked sober when they appeared in court.

He said they pleaded not guilty to the charges of rescuing accused persons from lawful custody and disturbing a court.

Delta Force Court

Erastus also said there were about 20 armed and other plain clothed policemen at the court.

Background

A Circuit court in Kumasi was thrown into chaos last week when some men numbering about 50 besieged the premises to release their members who are standing trial for violent behavior and assault.

A total of 21 men were arrested following attack on the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator, George Agyei. They had said Mr Agyei did not deserve the position because he played no role in the struggle to bring the NPP into power.

Out of the 21 men arraigned, only 13 turned up. But shortly after the Presiding judge remanded the men in police custody to reappear on April 20, their supporters stormed the court and freed them.

The freed suspects later turned themselves in and eight others who were accused of freeing the suspects were also arrested. They have now been remanded to reappear in court on April 18.

 

 

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