Thursday, 30 May

6 persons sentenced to death for high treason; ACP Agordzo acquitted

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Six individuals, including three soldiers, have been sentenced to death by hanging for high treason by the Accra High Court, following their involvement in a plot to overthrow the government.

The court found Donya Kafui, aka Ezor (a blacksmith), and Bright Alan Debrah Ofosu (a fleet manager) guilty of conspiracy to commit treason and treason.

Johannes Zikpi, a civilian employee of the Ghana Armed Forces, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit high treason.

The three soldiers involved in the plot are Warrant Officer II Esther Saan Dekuwine, Lance Corporal Ali Solomon, and Corporal Sylvester Akanpewon. They were found guilty of conspiracy to commit high treason.

However, two senior security officers and another soldier were not found guilty and were subsequently acquitted by the three-member panel of the court. Colonel Samuel Kodzo Gameli and Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Dr. Benjamin Agordzo were acquitted of abetment to commit high treason. Corporal Seidu Abubakar was also found not guilty of conspiracy to commit high treason and treason.

The accused individuals who were found guilty will face the death penalty by hanging, while those acquitted have been cleared of the charges against them.

In 2021, ACP Benjamin Agordzo, the late Dr. Mac Palm, and eight others faced charges of conspiracy to commit high treason and high treason.

The ten were arrested in 2019 after a police operation at the Citadel Hospital, linking them to an alleged plot to destabilise the country. The state presented 13 witnesses, including Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) officers.

During the trial, the state introduced video evidence depicting the accused individuals planning to destabilise the country, including an alleged scheme to manufacture ammunition. 

Despite the charges, all the accused persons pleaded not guilty and concluded their defences.

Dr. Mac Palm, in whose hospital the arrests occurred, had his testimony dismissed following his passing last year.