Alleged coup plotters case:Lawyer challenges witness’ claims

BY: Justice Agbenorsi
Dr Frederick Mac-Palm
Dr Frederick Mac-Palm

Counsel for Dr Frederick Mac-Palm, the man accused of being the mastermind of an alleged plot to overthrow the government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, yesterday suggested to the third prosecution witness that his client never stated anywhere in the videos admitted into evidence the idea of a coup d’état to overthrow the government.

This came up when counsel for Dr Mac-Palm, Mr Ephraim Vordoagu, took his turn to cross-examine the third prosecution witness, Staff Sergeant Awarf Sule, regarding some videos that had been admitted into evidence by the Accra High Court.

“Watching the video clips closely, nowhere did Dr Mac-Palm originate or moot the idea of a coup d’etat to overthrow the constitutional order,” Mr Vordoagu suggested to Mr Sule under cross-examination.

The prosecution witness simply replied: “Dr Mac-Palm is the mastermind of the coup”.

Video

In a portion of the video played in open court, the witness was heard asking how much his men would be paid after the alleged coup.

Mr Sule, who identified his voice in the video, explained that it was Dr Mac-Palm who requested that they met to discuss the amount the soldiers would be paid before and after the alleged coup.

The request, according to the witness, was made via Techno mobile phones that had been distributed to them by Dr Mac-Palm.

Counsel, however, suggested to the witness that he (witness) never stated in his evidence before the court that he was acting under instructions.

Not guilty

Dr Mac-Palm and nine other accused persons are in court for allegedly taking part in the activities of Take Action Ghana (TAG), a non-governmental organisation accused by the prosecution of planning to destabilise the country to take over the government.

The other accused persons include Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Dr Benjamin Agordzo, Colonel Samuel Kodzo Gameli, Bright Alan Debrah Ofosu (a fleet manager), Johannes Zikpi (a civilian employee of the Ghana Armed Forces) and Donya Kafui, aka Ezor (a blacksmith).

The rest - Corporal Seidu Abubakar, Lance Corporal Ali Solomon, Corporal Sylvester Akanpewon and Warrant Officer II Esther Saan Dekuwine - are all soldiers.

ACP Dr Agordzo and Col.Gameli have pleaded not guilty to abetment of high treason, while the rest have pleaded not guilty to high treason and conspiracy to commit high treason.