Four civilians and five soldiers appeared before a miliary tribunal in Accra on Thursday (10 August) accused of plotting to over-throw Ghana's military government -- the National Redemption Council.
GV EXTERIOR crowd outside court (2 shots) (MUTE)
SV INTERIOR accused led into court (2 shots) (MUTE)
GV Judne and President of Court stand at table (2 shots) (MUTE)
SV Attorney General Mr. Moore makes statement
MOORE: Doctor Busia, a phoney believer in democracy, never took kindly to the overthrow of his Government, notwithstanding the incompetent manner in which he handled the affairs of this country. My colleagues and I will lead evidence to show that since the 13th of January 1972, Doctor Busia has persistently indulged in acts of subversion against Ghana. The object of Doctor Busia's endeavours is quite obvious. It was aimed at restoring himself and his Government in power. The question may be posed: How could he achieve this when he was outside this country? Mr. President, it would appear that this was no problem to Doctor Busia for he conceived of a plan through diverse ways to infiltrate the Ghana Armed Forces with a view to securing the assistance of some members for the execution of his diabolical plans. It is significant to note that in furtherance of his objective Doctor Busia from his hideout solicited through various means the support of some members of the Ghana Armed Forces, businessmen and some intellectuals in the country whom he believed were favourably disposed to his cause.
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Background: Four civilians and five soldiers appeared before a miliary tribunal in Accra on Thursday (10 August) accused of plotting to over-throw Ghana's military government -- the National Redemption Council.
All pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit subversion and concealment of subversion.
The accused men include Mr. George Kofi Ansah Ofusu-Amaah, a former director of the Police Special Branch in Ghana and Mr. Emil Wilson Kofi Adzima, former press secretary to the deposed Prime Minister, Doctor Kofi Busia. The soldiers charged were three sergeants and two privates in the Ghana Army.
In a recent decree, the National Redemption Council said that any attempt to overthrow it carried the death penalty.
The trial opened in a court room at the Burma Army Camp in Accra before a tribunal of seven Army officers above the rank of Major.
The opening address for the prosecution was made by the Attorney-General, Mr. E. N. Moore, who is also a member of the National Redemption Council.
He claimed that the accused had conspired with Doctor Busia to overthrow the Government.
Doctor Busia is now in self-exile in Britain after the Army took control in Ghana in January this year.
The trial has been adjourned until August 21.