Accra High Court overrules objections of alleged coup plotters; admits audiovisual recordings into evidence

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An Accra High Court has overruled objections raised by some alleged coup plotters standing trial for their involvement in plans to destabilise the country and topple the Akufo-Addo led government.

This follows arguments and counter-arguments by the defense lawyers and prosecutors over the need to admit the said recordings.

The lawyers of the accused persons had at an earlier appearance in court on Monday argued out their opposition to the recordings on originality, authenticity, and relevance of the recordings, as well as breach of the accused person’s right to privacy.

But the court in its ruling exercised its discretionary powers under Article 18 of the 1992 constitution and argued that the said recordings contained on a hard drive have passed the admissibility test, as such are admissible.

Explaining further, the High Court also added that it was compelled to admit the secretly recorded audio and videos since the matter is in the public interest.

Consequently, Justice Serwa Botwe’s three-panel Court has gone ahead to admit the recordings into evidence.

Ten persons including three civilians, six military personnel and a senior police officer have been charged the offences of treason felony and conspiracy to commit treason felony.

SourceABC News

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