Court Dismisses Secessionists Case

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A High Court in
Ho has dismissed a case brought against the state by lawyers of Homeland Study
Group Foundation (HSGF), a separatist group based in Ho in the Volta Region.

Justice Eric
Baah, who presided over the court, dismissed the Habeas Corpus application filed by the lawyers on grounds that the
accused had been put before a competent court of jurisdiction.

He said the
whereabouts of the suspects were known contrary to assertions by the lawyers. 

On Monday,
May 6, 2019, a day after eight members of the separatist group were arrested
and flown to Accra, their lawyers filed the Habeas
Corpus
application. 

One of the lawyers,
Eric Emile Agbakpe, said they filed the application to give the state the opportunity
to justify the arrest and detention of the eight men, including their leader,
85-year-old Charles Kormi Kudzodzi, also known as Papavi Hogbedetor.

The state had
four days to respond to the application which was due last Thursday, May 9,
2019.

However, the state
put the eight suspects before an Accra High Court on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

They were
charged with treason, abetment of unlawful assembly and offensive conduct to breach
peace.  

Seven of the
suspects were remanded while 85-year-old Kudzodzi was granted bail in the sum
of GH¢250,000 with two sureties, one to be justified.

They are to
reappear on May 22, 2019.

Lawyer
Agbakpe disclosed that he had no problem with the dismissal of the case because
the state hurriedly hauled them before a court. 

He said his
clients are law-abiding citizens, who have no intention whatsoever to cause
harm or disturb the peace in the country.

He urged the media to be circumspect with the reportage of the sensitive matter.   

From Fred Duodu, Ho ([email protected])



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