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Jan 9, 2019 | Headlines

Court Grants 7 Menzgold Protesters Bail

By Modern Ghana
Court Grants 7 Menzgold Protesters Bail

The Asokore Mampong District Court in the Ashanti Region has granted bail to seven customers of Gold dealership firm, Menzgold, after the police arrested them for breaching the public order act. The suspects will reappear in court on January 22, 2019.

In all, six suspects appeared in court except for one of them, Jafta Agyemang.

The other suspects are; Eric Kwakye, Vivian Agyei, James Abubakar, Arnold Tamakloe, Adams Osman and Kofi Agyarko.

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The six suspects who appeared in court pleaded not guilty to the charges of violating the public order act.

The court presided over by Her Worship Mrs. Portia Molly Anafo Salia granted bail to the suspects with a sum of GHc5, 000 each.

The Court declined a request by the prosecutor to issue a bench warrant for the arrest of one of the customers who was absent.

The court maintained that the police already granted the suspects bail before arraigning them. The prosecution team was led by Inspector Edward Kwame Adade.

The lawyer for the seven customers, Kwame Owusu Sekyere, told the court that his clients were not part of the protest, but were there as customers of the firm to get their locked up investments released to them.

Chairman of the Concerned Customers of Menzgold, Isaac Baffour, said they would continue to demand what is due them.

Background

The Ashanti Regional Police Command arrested seven persons on Tuesday after they defied police orders not to embark on a demonstration exercise.

The protesters burnt car tyres and blocked the Amakom road leading to Adum.

Their action was to protest their locked up investment and the supposed silence of President Akufo-Addo and Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II in intervening in the matter.

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But the police, whose order for a cancellation of the demonstration was defied by the demonstrators had to move in to disperse the about 50 angry demonstrators and clear the roadblock.

But the police, whose order for a cancellation of the demonstration was defied by the demonstrators had to move in to disperse the about 50 angry demonstrators and clear the roadblock.

ASP Godwin Ahianyo, the Ashanti Regional Police Public Relations Officer in a Citi News interview, said all other persons who participated or supported the demonstration would be arrested and put before the court..

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Source: citinewsroom.com | Ghana

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