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Woman In Alleged Coup Plot Refused Bail Variation Request To Visit Her Family

The only woman among the ten accused persons standing trial for an alleged coup against President Akufo-Addo has been refused a bail variation request.

WO II, Esther Saan, was seeking the court to ease the restriction after she was granted bail last year. She is not allowed to go anywhere without a military escort neither is she permitted to travel, among other conditions.

She wanted the conditions attached to her bail be removed.

Counsel for the accused had applied for a bail of variation to allow the accused to visit her family members.

But the court declined an application for variation of bail.

The state orally opposed the application for variation of bail, arguing that it is not a normal practice.

The facts of the case, as presented by Ms. Craig, were that TAG plotted to destabilize the country and overthrow the government.

She claimed that, as part of the plot, Dr. Mac-Palm, who is accused of being the mastermind of the plot, Kafui and Debrah planned on kidnapping the President, the Vice-President, the Speaker of Parliament and the Chief of the Defence Staff and force the President to announce his overthrow.

“Again, there were discussions on whether or not to kill the President in the process of overthrowing the government,” she said.

The prosecutor added that in June 2018, the security agencies picked up intelligence that the accused persons, under the auspices of TAG, had planned to overthrow and take over the government.

According to her, as part of the plan, Col. Gameli recruited Zikpi, who was a signal specialist with the GAF, to help jam the radio signals of the National Communications Authority.

TAG, she said, planned to jam all radio stations, with the exception of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation.

The prosecutor said in furtherance of the plot, Dr. Mac-Palm invited Kafui, who was a blacksmith at Alavanyo, to Accra to manufacture explosives and pistols for the group.

With regard to ACP Dr. Agordzo, Ms. Craig said he donated GH¢2,000 to TAG to aid its cause and also drafted a speech for Dr. Mac-Palm to be read at the planned demonstration by TAG.

All ten have pleaded not guilty.

 

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