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Coup plot: Lawyer, prosecutor clash

THERE WAS drama in court on Friday when one of the defence lawyers in the case in which Dr Fredrick Yao Mac Palm and nine others have been held for allegedly plotting to destabilise the state went berserk to extend an invitation to the police prosecutor for a fight outside the Court if he claims “he is a man”.

Lawyer Kodjogah Adawudu, who was unhappy about remarks from the prosecution led by Assistant Superindent of Police ASP Sylvester Asare, expressed furious remarks before the District Court Magistrate Mrs Rosemond Dodua Agyiri.

ASP Asare, while responding to complaints by defence counsel Mr Adawudu on his claims that his client was refused a request to be taken to the Police Hospital for treatment instead of the BNI hospital, asked the defence lawyer to be “careful” with his utterance about the BNI.

But this did not go down well with the defence lawyer and reacted angrily, saying, “What do you mean by that?  If you are a man, meet me outside the Court and I will show you. What do you mean by I should be careful.”

Magistrate Mrs Agyiri, however, intervened and calmed down nerves.

Police Hospital saga

On the issue that generated the heated debate, the court ordered that the first accused person, Dr Mac Palm, be sent to the Police Hospital at all material times should he require medical attention.

Application for disclosures refused

In a related development, the court dismissed an application by defence lawyers requesting for full disclosure of all the documents, evidence and files the Prosecution intends to rely on to establish their case against the accused persons.

The Court indicated that since the case is one to be tried by indictment, the District Court could not ask the Prosecution to make any disclosures at this time. The Court ruled that disclosures would be made at the High Court as soon as Indictment proceedings were completed and the case set down for trial.

The Court adjourned to February 6, 2020.

Background

Information about the foiled coup plot first came to light in the country on September 23, 2019, when the government announced that some persons had been arrested after several months of investigations.

The accused persons, Dr. Fredrick Mac Palm (1st Accused), Donyo Kafui, aka Ezor, Bright Alan Debrah Ofosu, a.k.a Bright Alan Yeboah, Col. Samuel Kodzo Gameli, Gershong Akpah, W.0.II Esther Saan Dekuwine, and Cpl. Seidu Abubakari.

The rest were L/Cpl. Ali Solomon, L/Cpl. Sylvester Akanpewon and ACP Benjamin Agordzo, and the accused are suspected to have masterminded a 15-months plot to destabilize the country and possibly take over the government of the Republic.

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