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Sentencing kidnappers of Takoradi girls to death not the way to go – Amnesty Int.

Takoradi Kidnapped Girls3 The two convicts kidnapped and murdered 4 girls between July and December 2018

Sat, 6 Mar 2021 Source: kasapafmonline.com

Amnesty International a non-governmental organization has strongly disagreed with the death sentence handed to the two persons accused of kidnapping and murdering four Takoradi girls.

Speaking to Agoo News Ebenezer Kojo Nyavor Campaign Coordinator of the organization Mr Samuel Agbortsey said “I’m told hanging has been pronounced on the suspects now inmates of the Takoradi kidnappers. However, for Amnesty International, our stand has always been a case that the death penalty is not the way to go. We know that our own judicial system is perfect, there are loopholes in our investigation system, our investigation processes… And so there is evidence to show that people were sentenced to death and some were even killed but later fresh evidence have shown that they weren’t the perpetrators.

"Those who were fortunate not to have been killed were exonerated so it is still our case that the death penalty or killing the people is not the way to go we can leave them on life imprisonment or a fixed term of sentence so that incase fresh evidence pops up to say that they’re not the ones who killed the girls then they can be exonerated and cleared,” he said.

The Sekondi High Court Presided over by Justice Richard Agyei Frimpong has sentenced to death two Nigerians, Sam Udeotuk Wills and John Orji for the kidnapping and murder of four girls.

The judgment comes after a seven-member jury found them guilty on all eight counts of the charge of conspiracy to murder and murder.

Justice Agyei Frimpong, who reminded the counsel of the two convicts of their right to appeal within a 30-day window, gave the verdict after close to three hours sitting.

The two convicts kidnapped and murdered Ruth Abakah, 19; Priscilla Blessing Bentum, 21; Ruth Love Quayson,18 and Priscilla Koranchie, 15 between July and December 2018 in one of the most talked-about criminal cases in recent times.

Mr Samuel Agbortsey added that “the constitution has guaranteed their right to an appeal if they are convinced that they were not the ones who have committed the crime the law gives them the opportunity to file an appeal for a second look at the case.”

When asked if Amnesty international will support them he said “yes of course if they come to Amnesty International or they send an SOS to say that they need some kind of assistance to file an appeal, we will make our services and counsels available to them.

Source: kasapafmonline.com
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