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Bawku disturbances: 13 suspects to appear before Accra High Court today

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An Accra Circuit Court will today, Wednesday, January 5, 2022, hear the case of the Republic against 13 persons arrested over their alleged roles in the renewed Bawku Chieftancy disturbances.

The case was adjourned on Tuesday, January 4 after the suspects failed to appear before the court.

The 12 suspects were arrested following a renewed chieftaincy clash in Bawku last Monday, January 3, 2022, which led to the loss of lives and the destruction of property.

At a hearing on Tuesday, the lawyer for the accused persons, Martin Kpebu, prayed the court to grant the suspects bail after eight days of detention.

However, the Deputy State Attorney, Frederick Adu-Gyamfi argued his office was yet to receive the motion for bail application which lawyers of the suspects’ claim have been served.

Ahead of the hearing today, Wednesday, Martin Kpebu says he’s hopeful all suspects will be granted bail.

He also said the suspects being held for over 48-hours is illegal, and he is surprised that they were still not brought to court on the first day of the hearing.

“The AG has not been able to explain why they have not been able to bring our clients. These suspects were arrested eight days ago, and you fail to bring them to court when the constitution makes it clear that suspects must be brought to court within 48 hours of arrest. They are going to charge them for misdemeanour offenses.”

“These are small offenses, and yet you keep them for 8 days turning the constitution on its head. This is too shameful. As for tomorrow, Wednesday, they must bring them because this is becoming so shameful,” he said.

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