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27.04.2004 Regional News

Ten of 34 suspected rioters granted 200 million cedis bail

By GNA

Sekondi, April 26 GNA - Ten out of the 34 suspects, who have been in prison custody since April 13 for alleged rioting, assault and stealing, were on Monday granted a total bail of 200 million cedis with two sureties to be justified when they appeared before the Sekondi Magistrates' court.

They included, Nana Kwaku Pata II, Tufuhene of Enchi, Nana Ndoku Ashia II and Nana Mannah Kwame IV, all chiefs of Akyimfo in the Aowin-Suaman district of the Western Region.

The rest of the suspects were Lydia Quainoo, Elisabeth Asamoah, Grace Antwi alias Afiba, Theresa Yeboah, Comfort Hellman alias Abena Jabuah and two junior secondary school pupils whose names are being withheld.

The pleas of the suspects, charged for rioting, assault and stealing of properties belonging to the Saviour Church of God at Akyimfo were not taken.

The facts of the case were also not given.

Those granted bail and twenty-four others who were remanded again in prison custody, would re-appear before the court on May 6.

Police Sergeant Andam Okyere, the prosecutor told the court that the Police needed more time to complete their investigations before the trial could begin.

The suspects, by their acts, are said to have also rendered many members of the Church homeless.

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