- Lawyer for some of the accused alleges that Major Mahama and co were protecting illegal miners
- Cross-examination to be continued on June 5 later this year.
In the ongoing criminal case against the alleged killers of Major Maxwell Mahama, a shocking allegation has been made. A lawyer for a section of the accused is telling the court that the dead soldier was actually protecting illegal miners.
Mr Bernard Shaw, the lawyer in question, told the court that Major Mahama and 30 other members of the military were there to protect an illegal company. The company's name was given as Canada and Ghana Mining Company (C&G).
According to Mr Shaw, the company had been instructed to cease mining in the area by the Minerals Commission. The lawyer added that the commission had written to the C&G on 30th January, 2017.
Major Maxwell Mahama was a member of the 5th Infantry of the Ghana Armed Forces. On May 29, 2017, while on official duty, he was lynched at Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region. The mob claim they mistook him for an armed robber.
Fire was set to his body.
Amidst a national outcry, a trust fund was set up in his name to take care of his family. He was given a state burial and promoted in army rank after death. Murder charges were brought against 14 people after investigations.
Mr Bernard Shaw made his accusations against the military when he cross-examined some members of the late Major Mahama's infantry. This included second-in-command to the late soldier, WO2 Kwesi Sabi.
The cross-examination will continue on June 5 this year.
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