AG Moves To Drop Charges Against One Of Ten Kitchen Knife Coup Suspect

The Attorney General’s Department will next week officially drop charges against one of the suspects standing trial over the alleged plot to overthrow the Akufo-Addo government.

A request for the discharge of Gershon Akpa, a civilian with the Ghana Armed Forces will be made known to the district court where committal processes are taking place next week, according to Senior State Attorney Hilda Craig.

According to her, the Attorney General has completed the bill of indictment and has indicted all accused persons except Mr. Akpa.

Meanwhile, the court refused a bail application by the defendants -Dr. Fredrick Mac Palm, Col. Samuel Kodzo Gameli, W.O.2 Esther Doku, Lance Corporal Ali Solomon, Lance Corporal Albert Baba Ibrahim, Lance Corporal Sylvester Akapewon, Bright Alan Debrah and Corporal Seidu Abubakar.

Judge, Ruby Quayeson, justified the refusal by saying she does not believe the accused persons will make themselves available for trial hence her decision to deny them bail.
The accused persons, made up four civilians, five military personnel and a senior police officer, are said to be part of a group known as the Take Action Ghana (TAG).
According to the prosecution, TAG planned to overthrow the government after a series of demonstrations.
As part of the plan, they were going to target some key installations including the Jubilee House, the Ghana Broadcast Corporation, the National police training school, 37 Military Hospital and Burma Camp.
According to government, they had also plotted moves to meet with military personnel to obtain weapons.
Their arrests, in October 2019, followed 15 months of surveillance according to government.

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