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Kumasi: AG unaware of discontinuation of Delta 8 case – Gov’t
Kumasi: AG unaware of discontinuation of Delta 8 case – Gov’t

The Attorney General and Minister of Justice Gloria Akuffo is not aware of the
decision to discontinue the case against the eight members of the vigilante
group, Delta Force who raided the court in Kumasi to aid the escape of 13 of
their members.

This is according to the Minister of Information, Mustapha Hamid.
As a result, the AG’s 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 of this nature to drop charges
against persons arrested in connection with disturbances in a Kumasi
Magistrate’s court in April this year,” said Mr. Hamid in a statement
Wednesday.

According to him, “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.”
He added “while the department awaits the full results of the investigation, we
will like to reiterate our 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.”

A Kumasi Circuit Court Wednesday presided by her Honour Patricia struck out
the case against the eight, discharging them in the process for lack of evidence.
The prosecution today, Wednesday May 17, tendered a response from the

Attorney General after a docket was sent previously for advice on the case.
According to the prosecutor, ACP Okyere Darko, the police did not have
enough evidence to support the charges leveled against the accused persons.
News of the released of 8 suspects in the Kumasi Delta Force Prosecution saga
has come as a shock to the Minority in Parliament who are accusing the
Attorney General of bowing to partisan pressure to put up a weak case leading
to the release of the suspects.

Addressing a News conference Wednesday Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu
accused the Attorney General Gloria Akuffo of bowing to partisan pressure to
put up a weak case leading to the release of the eight.

“The decision by the Attorney General is confirmation of the claim by a leading
member of the New Patriotic Party at the time of the lawless action by Delta
forces that the culprits will be set free and are they are indeed set free through
the state intervention and the Attorney General filing the nolle prosequi .We are
of the view that the government is bowing to partisan pressures at the cost of
justice delivery in the country.

“We demand, therefore, that the cancerous discretion that has just been
exercised will be reversed immediately.”

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