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A-G did not have the tricks to prosecute the Delta 8 case-Lawyer

Written by  May 18, 2017
A private legal practitioner, lawyer David Annan says it was a surprise for the Kumasi Circuit Court to discharge the eight Delta Force members for lack of evidence. A Kumasi Circuit Court presided over by Her Honour, Patricia Amponsah, discharged the accused persons and dismissed the case after the Attorney General pursuing the case directed the police to discontinue it because they had insufficient evidence against them. But according to lawyer Annan, evidence abounds because the offenders carried out their action in the presence of the police and the public as well as the trial judge who was presiding over the matter. ‘’So this issue of lack of evidence is problematic…If the police arrested the wrong people, it will also be problematic because it will also generate problems. If they want further evidence, they can go to the internet and gather enough of them.’’   The eight were arraigned for freeing some 13 of their members who were facing trial for assaulting the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator. On the statement by the Ministry of Information that the A-G was unaware of the case he said, that could be true because the prosecutor in Kumasi had the power to discontinue the case on behalf of the A-G. The suspicion of political interference he noted, would be raised following the way the case has been handled despite the statement from the A-G denying any knowledge of the discontinuation. He said the state should be fast and re-arrest the Delta Force members since it will have political damage on the New Patriotic Party (NPP).   Ghanaians may see the NPP as a party that condone lawlessness and injustice, he stated. The lawyer told the host that the case could have been handled in a way to erase any suspicion of political interference. He said, the police could have been allowed to prosecute the matter so they will be blamed for what happened yesterday. ''There were so many tricks they could have employed in this case. You do not have to allow the state prosecutor to prosecute the case. You could have allowed the police to prosecute the case, employ an NPP lawyer to defend them, put the pressure on the prosecutor and the judge, frustrate the witnesses and at the end of the day, they [suspects] will be acquitted and discharged.''                
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