- A former CHRAJ commissioner has called for calm in the wake of the Delta 8 release
- According to him, even though the suspects were discharged, they could be re-arrested
-He urged the public to not pass early judgement until investigations are complete
Justice Emile Short, a former commissioner for the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), has urged all citizens to remain calm, following the release of the 8 Delta Force Members on Wednesday.
According to Justice Short, while it is acknowledged the actions of the 8 were a stain on the honor of the court, the case must follow the judicial process thoroughly.
He stated that it was necessary for the public to wait until after full investigations are conducted and a full report on the case is released.
Justice Short further noted the suspects were released but were not acquitted.
"They were just discharged which means they can be re-arrested. Therefore I think at this stage it is premature to start passing judgement and we should wait for the report on the investigations which has been ordered by the attorney General’s office," he stated, in an interview with Starr FM on Thursday.
His comments follow the release of the 8 members of the New Patriotic Party-affiliated vigilante group, the Delta Force who were arrested for causing a disturbance during the trial where 13 of their members were being charged with the assault on the Ashanti Regional security coordinator.
The 8 were among a group that had stormed the courthouse and interrupted the trial, freed their members and escaped with them.
The public outrage following the discharge of the Delta Force members is reminiscent of the same outrage that followed the Montie 3 release in 2016.
Many have compared the two situations and there are already warnings of a political backlash on the NPP government if they repeat the same actions as the former government.
The Minority in a press conference on Wednesday, demanded that the suspects be re-arrested, while alleging the actions of the Kumsi Circuit court was politically motivated.
However, the Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid has said the government is unaware of such a decision, adding in a press statement that the office of the Attorney General is currently investigating the circumstances leading to the courts decision.
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