Police set to re-open Delta Force case amid uncertainty

By Lorlornyofm May 30, 2017 10:42

Police set to re-open Delta Force case amid uncertainty

Police in the Ashanti Region say they will soon reopen investigations into the abrogated Delta Force case.

The Police also hint that members of the pro-New Patriotic Party (NPP) group who attacked a court in Kumasi, the Ashanti Region capital, and freed thirteen of their colleagues would be re-arrested.

The trial of the case came to a stop after the Police failed to bring convincing evidence against eight suspects standing trial for the offence of attacking the court.

But this was interpreted to mean the government was deliberating influencing the judicial process and letting the offenders off the hook.

Many thought an attack on the court breached the sanctity of the judiciary.

Ashanti Regional Police Commander, DCOP Ken Yeboah, told Accra-based Citi FM that they are hopeful of providing an airtight evidence to back their prosecution this time.

“We are now going to re-investigate to find out whether we will be able to get the right people and the right information to be able to pin them to the case,” he said.

He, however, dispelled rumours that the state was not interested in the case.

He points out that the court works with evidence, and hence if the Police were not getting convincing evidence to pin down the suspects that did not mean a lack of interest.

“If we are lucky, we will be able to get enough evidence to link them to the case,” he told Citi FM

The eight Delta Force members were standing trial for storming a Kumasi Court and in the process setting free thirteen of their colleagues, who were charged with assaulting the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator.

After that incident, the 13 who escaped later reported themselves to the police, and were put in custody again. When their case was called, they were remanded, fined and made to sign a bond of good behaviour for escaping lawful custody.

Following this, it was expected that the eight persons who were arrested by the police for raiding the court, would have been prosecuted and severely punished.

But in a shocking turn of events, the eight have been freed with state attorneys claiming lack of evidence against them.

The Principal State Attorney in the case, Marie Louise-Simmons, who was the representative of the Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo, said the charges against the suspects must be dropped because there was insufficient evidence against them.

The court, presided over by Her Honour, Patricia Amponsah, subsequently discharged the accused persons and dismissed the case, much to the frustration and anger of many Ghanaians.

Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com

By Lorlornyofm May 30, 2017 10:42
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