8 Delta Force Members Remanded

A Circuit Court in the Ashanti regional capital, Kumasi, has refused bail to the eight members of pro-New Patriotic Party (NPP) group, Delta Force, who stormed a court last week and freed suspects.

This was after counsel for the accused prayed the court to grant them bail.

The lawyers said their clients were nowhere near the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) Court, therefore, could not have caused the distraction they were being accused of.

In view of that the lawyer requested that they be granted bail in the interest of national security and peace, praying the court should not use remand as a form of punishment.

The judge, whose name was not given, asked if the prosecution had anything to say about the request for bail, but the prosecution said it had nothing to say.

The bail request of the defence and the loud silence of the prosecution notwithstanding, the judge remanded the suspects in police custody.

The judge said due to the nature of the case, the bail request cannot be granted.

He directed that the accused be remanded to reappear in court on April 18, 2017.

Today observed that the well-built men looked sober when they appeared in court yesterday.

He said they pleaded not guilty to the charges of rescuing accused persons from lawful custody and disturbing a court.

There were about 20 armed and other plain clothed policemen at the court.

A circuit court in Kumasi was thrown into chaos last week when some men numbering about 50 besieged the premise to release their members who were standing trial for violent behaviour and assault.

A total of 21 men were arrested following an attack on Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator, George Agyei.

They had said Mr. Agyei did not deserve the position because he played no role in the struggle to bring the NPP into power.

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