Court discharges suspected coup plotters … But police re-arrest them
From David Allan Paintsil, Cape Coast
The Cape Coast Circuit Court presided over by Justice Florence Kai Otu on Wednesday discharged Captain Esima Imbrah, a Ghanaian, and two Ivorians, who were arrested by the police for allegedly plotting to over-throw President Alassane Dramani Ouattara’s Government in Ivory Coast.
The prosecutor, Superintendent Benjamin Osei Addae told the court the National Security has stepped in, and wanted more investigations to be conducted, but Counsel for Captain Imbrah, the first accused, Dr. Bondze Simpson, argued that the prosecutor’s submission was improper and came too late to be accepted by the court, adding that only the Attorney General could do that. Dr. Bondze Simpson, therefore, asked the court to grant his client bail but it was refused.
Justice Kai Otu, however, in her submission discharged the three suspected coup plotters using some technicalities which sent relatives of Captain Imbrah as well as large audience into joyous mood.
Their joy was short lived when police re-arrested them despite protestations from Counsel Dr. Bondze Simpson. Tears flowed when police escorted Captain Imbrah to board a land cruiser vehicle parked in the court premises to take them to the Police Headquarters in Accra. The two Ivorian nationals who were handcuffed were also led into the vehicle and driven away.
Some of the onlookers, who happened to be relatives of Captain Imbrah, broke down in tears as the police vehicle drove away. The two Ivorian nationals, one ex-Sergeant and the other, a politician belonging to an Ivorian party that is against French Imperialism, as well as Captain Imbrah, who is said to be the contact man for the Ivorians, were arrested by the police in a hotel in Cape Coast on September 13, 2012, in their attempt to purchase AK 47 assault rifles and ammunition to destabilize Ivory Coast.
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