Eight of the 22 persons accused of killing Major Maxwell Mahama have been discharged for lack of evidence.
According to the Attorney General’s Department, there is no sufficient evidence against the eight persons to warrant their committal to stand trial in the case which is still in its preparatory stage.
They are Yaw Annor, Philip Badu, Kwame Adjei, Solomon Sackey, Vivian Asahene, Anthony Amegah, Solomon Kojo Fordjour and Ebenezer Appiah.
TV3’s Court Correspondent, Selorm Amenya reported from the Accra District Court Tuesday morning that the after investigations into the May 29, 2017 gruesome incident, the prosecutors managed to gather evidence against 14 of the persons arrested.
A bill of indictment and the summary of evidence on the 14 have now been presented to the court presided over by Worlanyo Kotoku for the committal proceedings to begin, our correspondent reported.
The 14 are expected to be tried by the High Court after they have been committed by the lower court.
The atmosphere in the courtroom Tuesday was one of tears of joy as the eight persons went on their knees and offered prayers to God immediately the judge announced that they have been discharged.
“The eight, most of who were in tears, could not believe they have been discharged,” our Selorm Amenya reported.
Major Mahama, a member of the 5th Infantry of the Ghana Armed Forces who was on official duty, was lynched at Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region on May 29, 2017 when some residents mistook for an armed robber.
A part of his body was set ablaze.
His body was retrieved filled with marks of assault including multiple deep cut wounds on the head, the Police said.
His murder reignited calls for an end to instant mob justice which was becoming rampant across the country and led to the death of a number of people.
Maj. Mahama was given a state burial and government resolved to cater for his wife and two children with the establishment of Major Mahama Trust Fund which is currently before parliament.
By Stephen Kwabena Effah|3news.com|Ghana