Explain basis of re-arrest, new charge slapped on Agordzo, 9 others – ASEPA to AG

The Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) has called on the Attorney General to provide more information on the re-arrest and new charge of high felony slapped on top police chief Benjamin Agordzo and nine others.

In a statement signed by Mensah Thompson, the Executive Director of the entity said “As a human rights organisation, we have great interest in the matter, particularly on matters affecting the fundamental rights of the individuals to a fair trial.”

Embattled Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Dr Agordzo and nine others have been charged with the highest crime of the land, high treason.

They risk the punishment of death should they be found guilty by three High Court judges tasked to hear the matter. The 10 accused persons have since early 2020 faced the charge of treason felony.

The senior police officer who is facing prosecution for allegedly part-taking in an attempt to cause unrest in the country has been re-arrested by the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB).

Also arrested on Friday were nine others who are being prosecuted for their role in an alleged attempt to destabilise the country.

Dr Mac Palm, Donyo Kafui, Bright Alan Debrah, Johannes Zikpi, WO II Esther Saan, Corporal Seidu Abubakar, Corporal Ali Solomon and Sylvester Akankpewu are the other suspects.

The suspects faced the Financial Court 2 on Saturday and were slapped with new charges including high treason.

In court on Saturday morning, Attorney General Godfred Yeboah Dame told the High Court his office has already filed documents to discontinue the treason felony case and rather push for High treason which he said is the highest crime that can ever be committed by any person in the country.

He told the court that the accused persons between June 2018 to September 2019 engaged in an elaborate plot geared at overthrowing government with discussions on the possibility of killing the President as well.

The Attorney General told the court that the accused persons in furtherance of their objective manufactured guns and ammunitions.

But ASEPA believes the general public deserves more explanation regarding the matter.

“We charge the Attorney General to ensure that at all times during the trial, the fundamental human rights of these individuals enshrined under the Constitution are not abused and if any evidence emerges that in the course of this trial, the fundamental human rights of these individuals have been violated in any remotest way, the Attorney General would have serious questions to answer to,” it said.

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