A military tribunal on Monday (13 November) condemned to death by firing squad eight men, charged with plotting to overthrow Ghana's ruling National Redemption Council.
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Background: A military tribunal on Monday (13 November) condemned to death by firing squad eight men, charged with plotting to overthrow Ghana's ruling National Redemption Council. A ninth man, found guilty of the same charges, was sentenced to twenty-five years imprisonment.
Charged with subversion, conspiracy to commit subversion, and concealment of subversion, all nine pleaded not guilty. Those found quality include George Kofi Ofosu-Amaah, former Director of the Special Branch in the ousted regime of Prime Minister Kofi Busia. He is in voluntary exile in Britain and was represented by a British lawyer at the trial.
During the trial, the seven man military tribunal was told that the nine planned to overthrow the National Redemption Council headed by Colonel Ignatius Acheampong, and restore Dr. Busia to power. They were said to have planned between April and July this year to assassinate Colonel Acheampong and all members of the National Redemption Council.
SYNOPSIS: A military tribunal in Accra, has sentenced eight men to death for plotting to overthrow Ghana's government. A ninth man was sentenced to twenty-five years imprisonment.
Five of the accused were soldiers and four civilians. One of them, George Ofosu-Amaah, is in voluntary exile in Britain. He was an official of the ousted regime of Dr. Kofi Busia. All are charged with plotting to assassinate all members of the governing National Redemption Council, which is headed by Colonel Ignatius Acheampong. The seven-man tribunal was told the nine had plotted between April and July this year.
All had pleaded not guilty. The tribunal sitting at Burma House was told that after the overthrow, it was planned to restore Dr. Busia to power. After a five-hour summing up by the Judge Advocate, Mr. Justice Annan, the verdict and sentence were pronounced ninety minutes later.