GBA stunned by release of Delta Force suspects

The Ghana Bar Association says it is stunned by the release of some eight members of pro-NPP vigilante group, Delta Force, who were being tried for attacking a court.

GBA Vice President, Tony Forson, in an interview with an Accra based radio station, Joy FM on Wednesday, said, the Association has decided to study the judge’s ruling to understand what led to the decision before making its official stance known.

“We don’t really know what the truth is, (but) when a lawyer is in court, the brief he has is what he uses and not the information in the media,” Mr. Forson has said.

He said GBA is still committed to its earlier statement that the eight men should be prosecuted for disrupting justice.

In a related development, the Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Bar Association, Mrs Yaa Gyakobo, speaking on a GBC Current Affairs Program, ” Behind the News” said the Association will require a certified true copy of proceedings in Court before it can make a statement on the issue.

The Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo, has said she did not order the discontinuation of the case involving the eight members of Delta Force.

In a statement signed by the Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid, the A-G said she had ordered investigations into the circumstances under which the Principal State Attorney in Kumasi dismissed the case.

The GBA Vice President described the development as an “interesting” one especially when the dismissal was blamed on the A-G.

The government, in a statement through the Ministry of Information, has disassociated itself from the decision.

According to the statement, the Attorney General’s (AG) department is investigating circumstances under which a Principal State Attorney in Kumasi decided, without recourse to advice from higher authority on a matter of high public interest, to drop charges against persons arrested in connection with disturbances in a Kumasi Magistrate’s court in April this year (2017).

The statement, further said preliminary investigations suggest that the decision was taken without recourse even to the Director of Public Prosecution and may amount to a breach of internal procedures on matters of this nature.

The statement said while the AG awaits the full results of this investigation, it will like to reiterate commitment to ensuring that the rule of law is applied at all times and persons found culpable of any breaches that bring the work and commitment of the department into disrepute will be sanctioned and the appropriate remedies adopted in the interest of the Republic.

The eight were said to have aided the escape of 13 of Delta Force members standing trial in a Kumasi court for disrupting court proceedings.

At a court hearing in on Wednesday, the case against the eight was dismissed due to the absence of evidence.

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