Coup plot: No bail for ACP Agordzor over ability to ‘influence’ investigations

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A bail application filed by lawyers of Assistant Commissioner of Police, Dr Benjamin Agordzor, has been refused by an Accra High Court, ABC News can report.

The Criminal Division of the Accra High Court on Monday declined the application for bail by the Police Commissioner, who is standing trial for his alleged involvement in a plot to destabilize the country.

ACP Agordzor’s lawyers at his appearance at the Kaneshie District Court last week challenged the jurisdiction of the court to hear the case in a bid to have their client freed but failed as the court ruled that it was clothed with jurisdiction to hear the matter.

Dissatisfied by the District Court’s decision, lawyers for the embattled senior police officer file an application at the Accra High Court in a quest to secure bail for their client.

Their hopes of securing bail for their client at the High Court has been dashed as the Court declined same on grounds that the application for bail is pre-mature since investigations are ongoing.

The court presided over by Justice George Boadi explained that the position of ACP Agordzor in the Police hierarchy, serving as Senior Police Officer and two steps away from becoming an IGP, offers him the capacity to interfere with the investigation.

Similarly, the Accra High Court dismissed a bail application filed by lawyers of seven of the nine person who are also standing trial for allegedly masterminding to topple the government.

The Court ascribed similar reasons that the accused persons have the capacity to interfere in the ongoing investigations into the matter, particularly, when it involved senior officers in the military.

ACP Agordzor has however been charged with Abetment to Commit Crime; namely, Treason Felony contrary to section 20(1) and 182 (b) of the Criminal and Other Offences Act 1960 (Act 29).

He was remanded into Police custody at his last appearance at the Kaneshie District Court and has since been kept at the Ministries Police Station.

He is alleged to have offered some assistance to the leader of the alleged coup plotters, Dr. Frederick Yao Mac-Palm, and the other suspects to execute their alleged plan.

The Police Commissioner has, however, denied the allegations, stressing that he hasn’t committed any crime as he is been accused of.

Another top police chief, Commissioner of Police (COP) Nathan Kofi Boakye, has also been questioned in connection with the matter.

Source: ABCNewsgh.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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