Ofosu Ampofo, Kwaku Boahen asked to open defence

The Accra High Court trying for­mer National Democratic Congress (NDC) Chairman, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, and Anthony Kwaku Boahen, over alleged con­spiracy to cause harm and assault on public officers, has asked the two to open their defence.

Justice Samuel K.A. Asie­du, a Justice of the Supreme Court, with additional responsibil­ity as a High Court Judge, in his ruling, said there was evidence on record in respect of the charges.

Mr Ofosu-Ampofo, the imme­diate past chairman of NDC, and Mr Boahen, a communicator of the National Democratic Con­gress, have denied the charges and are currently on a GH¢ 100,000 bail with a surety each.

Additionally, Ofosu Ampofo, is facing an assault charge for allegedly inciting NDC commu­nicators against public officers, Chairpersons of the National Peace Council and Electoral Com­mission.

The prosecution had at an ear­lier sitting told the Court that the accused had been captured in an audio recording of the proceed­ings of a meeting on February 3, 2019, allegedly planning a road-map of criminal activities targeted at the Chairperson of the Elec­toral Commission (EC) and the Chairman of the National Peace Council, among others.

The meeting followed the January 31, 2019, Ayawaso West- Wuogon by-election, which turned violent, following a clash between some National Security operatives and supporters of the NDC sus­pected to be vigilantes.

The audio recording was played on some radio stations and according to the prosecution, the Criminal Investigation Depart­ment of the Police Service, later intercepted the tape.

The prosecution said Mr Boa­hen had confirmed being at the said meeting and confessed on a radio station that the information on the tape was true. —GNA

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