Coup plot: ACP Agordzo, Mac-Palm, others begin treason trial today

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The Commercial Division of the Accra High Court is expected to commence the trial in which Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Dr. Benjamin Agordzo, Dr. Frederick Yaw Mac-Palm and eight others standing trial for alleged treason.

The eight others are Colonel Samuel Kodzo Gameli, Donya Kafui, Bright Alan Debrah Ofosu, Johannes Zikpi, Corporal Seidu Abubakar, Lance Corporal Ali Solomon, Warrant Officer (WOII) and Corporal Sylvester Akanpewon.

All ten accused persons have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

At the last court sitting, a seven-member team of jurors were empaneled to assist the Commercial Division of the Accra High Court to conduct the trial.

The court, presided over by Justice Samuel Asiedu, Justice of the Court of Appeals sitting with additional responsibility as a High Court judge empaneled the jury.

A total of 15 persons who were seconded from their various organizations to serve as jurors had their names mentioned in court but eight of them were rejected by the accused persons in the process leading up to the empaneling of the seven as required by the law for the case to start.

Lead Prosecutor and Senior State Attorney Hilda Craig, in her opening address to the court said the accused persons were being held for allegedly plotting to destabilize the country, and have been charged with six separate charges including treason felony.

Specific charges

Dr Mac-Palm, Donya Kafui, Allan Debrah Ofosu, Dekuwine, Abubakar, L/Cpl Akanpewon, WO11 Esther Saan and Zikpi are on charges of conspiracy to commit treason felony and treason felony.

Dr. Mac-Palm and Kafui have been separately charged with conspiracy to possess explosives and ammunition without lawful excuse and possession of explosives and ammunition without lawful excuse.

The lead prosecutor told the court that, Col Gameli and ACP Dr Agordzo will face the charge of abetment to treason felony.

She said the prosecution will be calling 19 witnesses and they will also rely on documentaries, audio recordings and exhibition to prove their case.

The prosecution is expected to call their first witness today.

So far, ACP Agordzo, WO11 Esther Saan, Col. Gameli, and Donya Kafui have been able to meet their bail conditions. While the remaining six are still in custody.

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