Mixed reaction to conviction of Delta Force 13
| Updated Oct 20, 2017 at 11:17am
NPP Activist, Henry Nana Boakye says the decision by the District Court in fining the thirteen members of the delta force was to be expected.
He told GBC’s George Asekere that the NPP however condemns the act by the Delta Force.
Meanwhile, the PNC's Atik Mohammed said he is disappointed with the court's decision.
The Asokwa District Court in Kumasi sentenced 13 members of the Delta Force vigilante group to a fine of GH¢1,800.00 each.
The 13 members are to serve 12 months in jail in default.
The Court presided over by Korkor Achaw Owusu has also ordered the members to sign a bond of good behaviour for 12 months.
The 13 pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit crime by rioting.
Their Counsel, Frederick Kankam Boadu, pleaded with the Court for a non-custodial sentence.
The convicts were initially facing charges of conspiracy to assault a public officer, and causing unlawful damage when they were arraigned before the Court in April 2017.
The Prosecutor, ACP Okyere Darko, told the Court presided over by Mary Nsenkyire, on Tuesday October 10, that, the Attorney General had withdrawn all the earlier charges.
They were later charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit crime by rioting.
The 13 were arrested after they stormed the office of the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinating Council and allegedly assaulted the Coordinator in protest against his appointment.
At their first appearance in Court, the 13 escaped from lawful custody, when the Judge ruled that they be remanded and denied bail.