Coup plot: Eight suspects denied bail again, no reasons cited

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The Accra High Court has for the second time, dismissed a bail application filed by lawyers of the eight persons currently standing trial for allegedly plotting to destabilize the country, ABC News can report.

The court, presided over by Justice Georgina Mensah Datsa did not cite any reasons for refusing to grant the accused persons bail, but indicated that the application may be repeated if no progress is made by the prosecution by the end of January 2020.

The accused persons were, in November this year, refused bail on grounds that they “have not been unreasonably detained.

The Presiding Judge, Justice George Buadi was of the view that two months in detention on allegations of attempting to overthrow the government could not be described as unreasonable.

He, therefore, upheld the argument of the prosecution that investigations were still ongoing and the accused persons could interfere with investigations when granted bail.

“Two months detention on suspicion of committing treason is not unreasonable,” Justice Buadi held.

Colonel Kodjo Gameli, Warrant Officer Class II Dekuwine, Cpl Abubakar, L/Cpl Ali Solomon, L/Cpl Akanpewon, Dr Mac-Palm, Kafui, alias Ezor, Debrah, and Gershon Akpah have been accused of plotting to overthrow the government.

They have been charged with four counts – conspiracy to commit treason felony, treason felony, conspiracy to possess explosives, arms and ammunition without lawful excuse and possession of explosives, arms and ammunition without lawful excuse.

Prosecutors have accused the suspects of being part of a group known as Take Action Ghana (TAG), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) which is alleged to have planned to embark on demonstrations against the government and “possibly take over the government”.

It is also the case of the prosecution that a map found in the possession of the accused persons showed some important state installations, such as the Jubilee House, the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), Burma Camp, the 37 Military Hospital and the National Police Training School, which the group had targeted.

“The map was to facilitate the movement of the accused persons during the demonstration to take over the government,” it added.

Source: ABCNewsgh.com

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