9 suspects in foiled ‘Coup plot’ charged with treason

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The State has charged 9 persons believed to be behind the coup attempt aimed at destabilising the country with treason, ABC News can report.

The coup plot was foiled by an operation of a combined team of Ghana’s security agencies after monitoring the activities of the suspects for more than 12 months.

According to the charge sheets submitted by the State Prosecutors, the nine (9) have been accused of “Conspiracy to commit treason felony 2. Treason felony 3. Possession of explosives, firearms, and ammunition”.

The State has charged Dr. Frederick Mac-Palm, Dornyah Kafui (local weapon manufacturer), Bright Allan Debrah Ofosu (freight manager), and Gershun Akpa (a civilian employee of the Armed Forces) with first-degree felony.

The charge of treason has also been brought against Colonel Samuel Kojo Gameli, WO2 Esther Saan, Lance Corporal Ali Solomon, Corporal Seidu Abubakar, Sylvester Akanbiri.

Except for Frederick Mac Palm, Donya Kafui and Bright Alan Debrah, the others have had the charge of possession of guns and explosives without lawful authority dropped.

Two personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces initially arrested for their involvement in the coup plot, Lance Corporals Godwin Nii Ankrah, and Albert Baba Ibrahim, have had charges against them dropped by the State.

The Kaneshie District Court presided over by Rosemond Dodua Agyi discharged has, thus, discharged them.

The soldiers, among the charged persons, have been directed by the Court to be kept in military custody while order was given that the civilians be remanded into police custody at Ministries, Osu and Nima Police Stations.

This is to allow their lawyers to have easy access to them.

In the facts sheet presented in court, the accused persons are reported to have drawn up a plan to target some key installations including the Jubilee House, the Ghana Broadcast Corporation, the National police trading school, 37 Military Hospital, and Burma Camp.

The Prosecution indicated that Dr. Mac Palm engaged the services of a blacksmith, Danya Kafui, to manufacture arms and explosives for the plan.

The case has been adjourned to October 28.

Source: ABCNewsGh.com 

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