The Ghana Bar Association (GBA) has issued a statement on the discharge of eight persons by the circuit court Kumasi ”supposedly on the advice of the Attorney General’s Department”
The Attorney General on Wednesday May 17 dropped its case against eight members of pro-New Patriotic Party (NPP) vigilante group, Delta Force, who allegedly stormed the Kumasi Circuit Court and freed some of their members who were standing trial.
According to the prosecutor, ACP Okyere Darko, the Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo, had instructed the police to stop pursuing the matter because they had insufficient evidence against the accused persons.
Read below the Ghana Bar Association full Statement on the discharge of the eight accused persons below:
The Ghana Bar Association (GBA) has noted with disquiet the discharge of eight persons by the circuit court Kumasi on 17th May 2017 supposedly on the advice of the Attorney General’s Department
The GBA is disturbed by the turn of events and hopes that the discharge of the said accused persons would not signify an end of the matter.
It is the view of the GBA that justice will not be served if the discharge of the accused persons ends the matter.
The Bar calls upon the Ghana Police Service to thoroughly investigate the matter in its entirety. We call upon the police to interview the court officials, lawyers and litigants who were in court on the day in order to bring the perpetrators to justice.
The GBA reiterates its call in the statement it issued on 6th April 2017 to ensure that all persons who played any role whatsoever in the attack on the court are arrested, duly charged and prosecuted.
Finally we wish to state that it is a threat to the Rule of Law if the impression is created that persons who engage in lawless acts can escape the arm of the law.
ISSUED IN ACCRA, THIS 18TH DAY OF MAY 2017
JUSTIN A. AMENUVOR