Ghanaians woke up one morning to hear of comments attributed to Koku Anyidoho, the Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), with respect to an impending civil coup in Ghana.
His remarks generated a heated debate among a cross-section of Ghanaians, who expressed various opinions about the matter.
Information available to YEN.com.gh shows that he has been picked up by the security services to assist with investigations.
YEN.com.gh brings to you 5 reasons why Koku Anyidoho may not see the insides of a prison cell.
1. Mens Rea and Actus Reus
From the legal point of view, the commission of a crime becomes complete when both the Mens Rea (Intention to commit the crime) is matched with the Actus Reus (the actual commission of a crime). This needs to be proven before he is convicted.
2. Circumstantial evidence
Facts gathered about the incident relate to comments Koku Anyidoho passed with a coup. That alone may be a weak leg to stand on for the prosecuting side.
3. Public knowledge of his choice of words
Koku Anyidoho's comments on a number of issues have mostly been branded as remarks to be taken lightly. In some circles, his reputation has suffered as a result of the perception about his choice of words.
4. Planned demonstration to protest his pickup by the CID
YEN.com.gh understands that there is a demonstration planned for Wednesday, March 28th, 2018, to protest against the manner in which the Koku Anyidoho case was handled by the security agencies. If it achieves its objective, he may never go to prison.
5. Forgive and forget
Ghana is deemed to have citizens who are hospitable to people from diverse backgrounds. It may not take too long before pleas of forgiveness would begin to come in, in a bid to posit Koku Anyidoho's comments as one made in the heat of the moment. All may soon be forgotten and everything may return to normal.
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