Court grants GH¢2.5m bail to 25 Volta Secessionists, 4 discharged

Arrested Persons Western Togoland 9 The suspects have been slapped with charges including treason and felony

Tue, 15 Dec 2020 Source: kasapafmonline.com

The Circuit Court in Accra presided over by Mr. Emmanuel Marvin Essandoh has granted bail in a combined sum of GH¢2.5 million to 25 of the accused persons who have been charged in the Togoland case.

The 25 accused persons have each been granted bail in the sum of GH¢100,000 with two sureties each.

The sureties, the court said, should be public servants earning not less than GH¢4000 per month and report to the police.

4 out of the 29 who appeared before the court today were also discharged after the prosecution had amended its charge sheet.

They are on charges including treason felony.

In court on Tuesday when the case was called, ASP Sylvester Asare amended the charge sheet with a new one where 4 of the accused persons were discharged.

He said investigations were ongoing and prayed the court to remand them to assist with investigations.

It was the case of the prosecution that, the court does not have jurisdiction to take the plea of the accused persons and so should not grant them bail.

But lawyers of the accused persons while praying for bail argued that the treatment the accused persons have been subjected to is an infringement of their human rights.

They argued further that, some of the accused persons have their wives and relatives depend on them for their shelter.

The lawyers said "considering where they are coming from, our prayer this morning is for you to grant them bail. Some might be going through illnesses before the arrest was made.”

Source: kasapafmonline.com
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