Court decision on Delta Force escapees not harsh enough- Ablakwa

Court decision on Delta Force escapees not harsh enough- Ablakwa

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the member of parliament for North Tongu has said the fine placed on the 13 escapee members of the Delta Force is too lenient as a punishment for their actions.

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In a report by Citi FM, the NDC MP was of the view that the nature of their crime and the embarrassing light it threw on the country deserved a more stricter punishment.

Punishment for Delta Force too soft- Ablawkwa

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In an interview with Citi FM, Mr Ablakwa said, "the court decision on the matter of their arrest is not harsh enough to serve as a deterrent. It would appear that it is just a slap on the wrist. If you look at the fact this has never happened in our history and how their singular act has attracted so much negative international publicity and negative international attention which is undermining our democratic credentials and reducing our status in the comity of nations.”

The North Tongu MP also noted the United Nation's condemnation of the actions of the group, further stating, "I thought that the respective judges should have taken all of this into consideration because this is really akin to a jailbreak, and normally when these things happen in other jurisdictions, the severest of sanctions are issued."

After their escape from a Kumasi circuit court with the help of other members of their group, th 13 escapees of the Delta Force turned themselves in following threats of a manhunt by the police and the interior minister.

They have been fined 200 penalty units for their escape amounting to GHC 2,400 for each member and will face three years in prison if they failed to pay.

The 13 members were also charged to sign a bond of good behavior for six months, and could face up to two years in prison if they defaulted.

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The 13 Delta Force members will however remain on trial for their prior charges of conspiracy to assault a public officer and cause unlawful damage, for their attack on the Ashanti Regional security coordinator.

Following the Delta Force attack on a Kumasi circuit court where they released 13 members of their group on trial, many national stakeholders have condemned the incident and are calling for government's immediate intervention in the matter.

The United Nations also issued a statement condemning the actions of the vigilante group, calling for a thorough investigation into the group's incidents and noted that if gone unchecked, these incidents could damage the reputation of the country.

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