Togolese demonstrators granted bail

• The Togolese demonstrators leaving the court

• The Togolese demonstrators leaving the court

An Accra circuit court has granted GH¢260,000 bail with sureties to the Togolese residents in Ghana, who allegedly demonstrated against their government on Saturday October 28, without authorisation.

They are each admitted to GH¢10,000 bail with a surety, who should be gainfully employed, the Presiding Judge, Mrs. Priscilla Dapaah Mireku, ordered.

Twenty five out of the 26 accused pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit crime, to wit failing to notify the police of the special public event and breach of public peace.

The court did not take the plea of Mumuni Jawal, an 11-year-old boy, who was arrested together with the accused.

They are Gbandi Muda, Attati Yao, Kodjo Larbi, Suweba Alhassan, Fuseina Dzagba, Itchoko Matey, Najowa Masawudu, Selina Abubakar and Ndu Shaibu.

Others were Mawan Alhassan, Ayiba Kodjo Bruno, Haruna Armiyao, Faredu Ali, Razak Salifu, Ichadjeri Awal, Aziz Fuseina, Alhassan Issah, Alormasor Adi and Issaka Shaban.

The rest are Dodoye Yaw Wolassi, Abdul Karim Ibrahim, Mumuni Jawal, Mubarak Abudu, Abdul Latif, Jibril Mohammed and Issaka Alilu.

Their lawyer, Mr. Edudzi Tamakloe said the accused notified the Nima police commander on October 23 about the demonstration and reminded him again on October 26.

He urged the court to grant his clients bail on condition that the accused spent more than 48 hours in police custody.

Mr. Tamakloe submitted that the Public Order Act relates to compliance which comes under notification to the police of special event.

He said although the act demands the police is notified of such events, it did not make the police a permit granting institution.

Making reference to a decision of the Supreme Court (SC) in the case of the NPP vrs IGP 1993-94, Ghana Law Report (GLR) page 62, he said the police could injunct a demonstration by going to the high court.

He argued that the right to assemble peacefully is a right that can be done in protest.

In opposing the application for bail, the prosecutor Chief Inspector Evans Kesse said there is nothing on record that the alleged demonstrators sought permit from the police.

He reminded the court that most of the accused were Togolese without permanent place of abode in Ghana.

The facts are that the demonstrators on October 28, at about 9:15am converged on the Kawokudi park off the Kanda Highway to protest against happenings in Togo.

The prosecutor said the accused some of whom wore red dress and hand bands rode recklessly on motorcycles.

He said the police, heard about the disturbances and rushed to the area to arrest the accused.

The case was adjourned to November 13.

By Malik Sullemana

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