The Kassena-Nankana Magistrate Court at Navrongo in the Upper East region has on Thursday 25th November 2021, granted bail to seven (7) accused residents of Kajelo in the Kassena–Nankana West District, after they were arrested by the Ghana Police in the community.
The accused persons were picked up by the police in the Kajelo community on 18th November 2021, after they were accused of preventing the police patrol team from carrying out their duty in the community.
On November 19, 2021, the suspect’s were first taken to the Navrongo Magistrate court where the court charged them and remanded them into Police custody.
But the Court on Thursday, November 25, 2021, presided over by His Lordship Salem Kumah Gyata granted the seven accused persons Gh¢4,000 bail with one surety for each after lawyers of the accused persons led by Lawyer Anthony Namoo vigorously argued for their clients to be admitted bail as the police wanted them to be again remanded into police custody.
Speaking to the media shortly after the court proceedings, the lead counsel for the accused persons Lawyer Anthony Namoo said, the decision to remand the accused persons was not in the right direction as prominent persons were ready to sign sureties for the accused persons.
“The Police are saying that due to busy schedules they [Police] didn’t want their [accused persons] plea to be taken. They were praying that the court remands them in police custody and we say no. They have been with them [accused persons] for a number of days today; almost over six days today,” he explained.
Lawyer Namoo again argued that the accused persons can be granted bail whiles the case continues. He explained that the accused persons are not in a position to interfere with the investigations of the case.
“You also know that the police are the complainant’s in this case, they are the investigators, they are the prosecutors even when it comes to witnesses, they will obviously be police. If you admit them bail they are not going to interfere in any investigation. So the court considered all these factors and also the fact that everybody is presumed innocent until the prosecution is able to prove beyond reasonable doubt, guilt, against you”
The case has since been adjourned to December 10, 2021, for the prosecution to continue.
Source:A1Radioonline.Com|101.1MHZ|David Azure| Ghana|