Oliver Barker-Vormawor granted bail

BY: Graphic.com.gh
Barker-Vormawor granted bail
Barker-Vormawor granted bail

Oliver Barker-Vormawor, a convenor of the #FixTheCountry movement, who has been charged with treason felony has been granted bail.

Graphic Online’s Della Russel Ocloo reports that the Tema High Court granted Barker-Vormawor bail at GH¢2 million with two sureties, one of which is to present documents covering a landed property.

Granting bail Wednesday [March 16, 2022], the court said it cannot disable itself from granting the activist bail but had a word of caution for him.

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Barker-Vormawor had applied for bail at the High Court following the inability of the Ashaiman District Court, where he has been arraigned on the treason felony charge to grant him bail.

A district court has no jurisdiction to grant bail to a person charged with treason felony unless a higher court.

The Attorney-General had filed an affidavit opposing Barker-Vormawor's bail application on the grounds that the accused was a flight risk and does not have a fixed abode in Ghana.

But the court said it cannot accept that argument by the Attorney-General.

As part of the bail conditions, Barker-Vormawor has also been directed by the court to report to the police once a week while investigations into the case continue.

The court also directed that the police should continue to hold his passport.

Barker-Vormawor has been in police custody since February 11, 2022, when he was arrested at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

He was remanded into police custody when he was first arraigned at the Ashaiman District Court on February 14, 2022, on a charge of treason felony.

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