Coup trial: We were entrapped by witness & superiors -Alleged coup plotters

November 24, 2021 By 0 Comments

Q. Are you aware that A9, in August 2018, went for peace keeping?
A. Yes.
Q. When you go for peace keeping you are selected by Ghana Armed Forces?
A. Yes.
Q. I’m suggesting to you that the Ghana Armed Forces knew that A9 was not involved in any criminal enterprise, so he was chosen?
A: Yes, but during that time it was the time we were preparing for the coup plot, but he came back and joined the group.
Q. Also your supervisors at the Defence Intelligence unit knew very well that A9 was not involved in any criminal activity?
A. That is not true. DI was aware of that.
Q. When did A9 come back from Sudan?
A. I don’t know the date and time, but it was in 2018.
Q. Can you tell the court when he came back to join the group?
A. When he came he was at the meeting that was held at the Lascala drinking spot.
Q. I’m suggesting to you that the sketch map exhibit C was one of the tools given to you by your supervisors at Defence Intelligence to entrap the accused persons?
A: That is not true.
Q: And that explains the significant difference in your handwriting, as captured in exhibit C, and exhibit 1 for A9?
A. That is not true.
Q. A9 came back from Sudan in the middle of September 2019?
A. I’m not aware.
Q. When he came back, he went to Sandema, his hometown, on leave?
A. That is not true.
Q. He was called while in Sandema by his Unit Commander to report in and around September 22?
A. I’m not aware.
Q. And he was arrested on September 25, 2019, after he reported?
A. Yes.
Q. I’m also suggesting to you that in between this one year peace keeping mission A9 came back in December 2018 and left in January 2919?
A. Yes. He was part of the group before he went on leave and joined the group again.
Q. Within this period of mid-December 2018 and mid-January 2019, there was no issue of criminality that suggested that A9 was involved?
A. Yes, because no one was arrest till 2019.
Q. And there is no video or audio for that matter to show the involvement of A9 in any criminal enterprise?
A. Yes.
Q. There are videos labelled PICT 00025 to PICT00045 which are on exhibit D.
A. Yes.
Q. In one of these videos, A1 clearly told you he does know A9?
A: Yes, actually, it was Mr BB who recruited Sylvester and his friends to join the coup plot.
Q. I’m suggesting to you that what you just told the court is not true?
A. That is true.
Q. And it is not supported by the videos and audios in exhibit D?
A. It is supported by whatever I have told the court.
Q. The purpose for the use of the sketch map by you and your supervisors was to feed into an agenda or a narrative?
A. That is not true.
Q. I’m putting it to you that you are not a credible witness?
A. That’s not true.
Q. Now, go to 00:06:00 of the video. In your evidence-in-chief you said by this process A2 was manufacturing a gun?
A. Yes.
Q. I’m putting it to you that one of the tools that blacksmiths uses is grinding machine?
A. That is true… he was using it in the manufacturing of the IEDs.
Q. Another tool of the blacksmith is angle?
A. Yes.
Q. Let go to.00:09:15, Sule did you hear yourself when you said that by one week time you will get finished?
A. Yes. I was asking him that by one week time he will get finished manufacturing the weapons.
Q. Did you hear yourself also asking at 09:27 that this is seven?
A. Yes. I was asking the number of pistols he has manufactured, and he said 7.
Q. When you asked this question, A2 never answered you?
A. That is not true.
Q. Did you say A2 answered you that this is 7?
A. Yes.
Q. Can you show the court where A2 answered you that?
A. Can you please replay that part? (Video played)
Q. Were you able to capture where he answered the question?
A. Yes.
Q. Go to 00:10:20. You see that at 00:10:20, you asked A2 after he had made a call that whether the person he spoke to was a soldier man?
A. Yes. He made the call to a person who wanted to buy AK-47. That was why I asked him that.
Q. Do you understand Ewe?
A. No, my lord.
Q. A2 spoke in Ewe to the person on the other side?
A. Yes.
Q. It is not true that the person wanted to buy AK-47?
A. That is not true. A2 was calling to see if the guy will bring the weapon.
Q. Did you hear yourself asking ‘he dey Accra’?
A. I asked him whether the person is in Accra or where he confirmed the person is in Alavayo.
Q. Staff Sargent Awarf, I’m putting it to you that your purpose of being there with A2 was to ask him leading questions for him to engage you in a conversation?
A. That is not true. I was there to supervise the progress of work.
Q. These conversations were all veered towards the narrative that the accused persons were planning a coup d’état?
A. I don’t understand the question.
Q. All you went there to do was to show that indeed the accused persons were planning a coup, and A2 was manufacturing a gun for that purpose?
A. That is not true. They were actually preparing for a coup d’état.
Q. Did you just say that the supposed supplier was in Alavayo?
A. Yes. A2 told me that he is a civilian employee, and he is at the Base Workshop, and he was at his hometown at Alavayo.
Q. Staff Sargent Kwadwo Awarf, what you just told the court is not borne out by exhibit D, which is before the court?
A. That is not true.
Q. PICTOO10. Go to 00:25:00. Mr Awarf did you see A2 was pounding something in a pipe?
A He was filling the IEDs with gunpowder, sand, pepper and other sedative materials.
Q. Do you see anywhere in this video that A2 is filling this pipes that you want this court to believe…?
A. Yes.
Q. Can you show this court in the video?
A. The work he was doing here is filling of the IEDs.
Question repeated.
A. I can’t tell the time, but the video is on the screen my lord.
(Video playing)
Q. At 00:01:50 talked about gunpowder?
A. Yes, it was part of the materials he was using to fill the IEDs.
Q. Did you also hear yourself from 00:02-03:35 talking about the medicine?
A. Yes. Doctor mentioned that he will be bringing the sedative medicine. Whoever is around when IEDs explodes will fall asleep. So I was asking if the medicine was ready.
Q. When you spoke about the gunpowder and the medicine, A2 never answered you?
A. That is not true.
Q. Go to 00:03:01 and 00:03: A1 spoke to A2 in Ewe?
A. Yes.
Q. You don’t understand Ewe, so you can’t understand what he said to A2?
A. Yes. After they spoke Ewe, doctor explained to me that it was about the guy who wanted to supply them with the AK-47. So he send him momo of GH¢2,000 as part payment, so he wants A2 to confirm.
Q. I’m suggesting to you that the video under reference A1 spoke about eake?
A. I’m not aware.
Q. Eake in Ewe, which means sand?
A. That is not true.
Q. Now, at 00:03:39, A1 also spoke about atike?
A. Yes.
Q. Atike has different meanings in Ewe?
A. I’m not aware.
Q. I’m suggesting to you that atike in Ewe means a root of a tree?
A. It can be true, because doctor don’t go straight to the point, so when he wants to mention something he always mentions it in a proverb type.

Q. I’m also suggesting to you that atike in Ewe means herbal medicine?
A. I don’t know.
Q. It is not born by the videos you have brought to this court that A1 translated to you the conversation between him and A2?
A. I can’t identify the minutes and time, but when it plays fully A1 was asking about the supplier of the weapon and he made the call at my presence.
Q. I’m putting it to you that the discussion between A1 and A2 was about how to get sand?
A. That is not true. Sand for what in a hospital
Q. You see staff Sargent Awarf Sulle, I’m putting it to you that the discussion between A1 and A2 was in relation to pipes that would be used for musketry?
A. That is not true because IEDs are not used at funerals.
Q. I’m suggesting to you that A1 comes from royal family in Kpando?
A. I’m not aware.
Q. And at the material moment they have lost a relation in that royal family?
A. That is not true. In Ghana no one uses IEDs in funeral.
Q. I’m suggesting to you that all the discussion about pipes between A1 and A2 was for A2 to be able to produce these pipes for his funeral?
A. That is not true it was for the coup d’état.
The court is trying Dr Frederick Yao Mac Palm, Donyo Kafui alias Ezor, Bright Alan Debrah alias BB, Johannes Zikpi, Colonel Samuel Kojo Gameli, Warrant Officer Class Two Esther Saan, Corporal Seidu Abubakar, Lance Corporal Ali Solomon, Corporal Sylvester Akanpewe, and Assistant Commissioner of Police Benjamin Kwasi Agordzo for conspiracy to commit crime, high treason, abetment of crime, and possession of arms.

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