Court to rule on Barker-Vormawor’s bail application today

A High Court is expected to rule on #FixTheCountry convenor, Oliver Barker-Vormawor’s application for bail today, March 16, 2022.

On Monday, the Tema High Court adjourned the case after the Attorney-General opposed the move, arguing that Barker-Vormawor had no fixed residence in Ghana, and, therefore, rendering it impossible to conduct a search by the investigative team.

After hearing arguments from both legal teams, Judge Daniel Mensah adjourned the ruling to today.

Today’s proceedings will see documents given to the court to enable it to determine whether it’s a matter worthy of being sent to the High Court for trial.

Yesterday, state prosecutors handling the case at the District Court failed to show up in court.

This left the Circuit Court Judge hearing the matter as an additional magistrate, Eleanor Barnes Botwe, infuriated. She warned that she will not tolerate such conduct.

The Court had, on March 1, adjourned proceedings to Tuesday, March 15 as it urged prosecutors to speed up the process of filing documents against the youth activist.

When the case was called on Tuesday morning, the Prosecutors handling the case were nowhere to be found.

A member of Mr Barker-Vormawor’s legal team Dr Justice Srem Sai urged the court to discharge the accused since the prosecution did not seem interested in the case.

Mrs Botwe however opted to adjourn proceedings and remand the accused person as she noted this is the first time such conduct had happened.

A police prosecutor who was in the court for a separate case Chief Inspector George Doe urged the court to wait for at least an hour.

Mrs Botwe however said the late arrival wouldn’t make any difference since the necessary documents required for the committal proceedings have not been filed. She however issued the following warning;

“I want to see seriousness in this case. I will not countenance this attitude. If at the next date this happens again, the court will advise itself,” she said.

The Cambridge University PhD student has been charged with a treason felony and is on remand in police custody.

On February 10, Mr Barker-Vormawor took to social media to threaten a coup following pictures emerging from the Majority Leader’s 65th birthday bash showing an ‘E-levy’-designed cake.

He posted, “If this E-Levy passes after this cake bullshit, I will do the coup myself. Useless Army!”

In a subsequent post, he explained the context in which he used the word coup.

He was arrested on February 11, after arriving from the United Kingdom.


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