A-G drops charges against Delta 13; Prefers new charge

A-G drops charges against Delta 13; Prefers new charge

-The Attorney General has dropped charges of conspiracy to assault a public officer, and causing unlawful damage against the Delta 13.

-But they have been charge rearrested under anew charge of rioting.

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The case involving the 13 members of Delta Force, a group affiliated to the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), who allegedly attacked the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator, George Agyei has taken a rather different.

A-G drops charges against Delta 13; Prefers new charge

Some members of the Delta Force

At the latest hearing at the Kumasi Circuit Court on Tuesday, the prosecutor, ACP Okyere Darko told the presiding judge Mary Nsenkyire that the Attorney General was withdrawing the earlier charges of conspiracy to assault a public officer, and causing unlawful damage.

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Just after the charges were withdrawn and the accused persons were discharged, they were rearrested on a new charge of rioting.

However, their lawyer, Matthew Appiah who maintains his clients are innocent is not happy with the turn of events and was trying to secure bail for them.

“We have already insisted that the initial charges were not right, so it is now that Attorney General has advised that it is just rioting from the facts of the case, so that is the procedure and we are bound to comply.”
“The police has taken them back, we are yet to see if we can bail them, if they give us a new date, we will proceed to the district court for the trial to be commenced", he reported by Citi FM to have said.

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The accused persons have been standing trial since April for the alleged assault of the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator.

At their first appearance in court, the 13 members escaped from lawful custody, when the judge ruled that they be remanded and not given bail.

They reported themselves to the police and were fined Ghc2,400 each, and also made to sign a bond of good behaviour for escaping lawful custody.

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Source: Yen.com.gh

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