Update: Capt. Mahama's 'killers' charged with murder, remanded


 – 3News - First In News | Ghana News UpdatesProvisional charge of has been preferred against the seven persons accused of lynching and burning a Ghanaian officer.They have been remanded into Police custody to allow investigators delve into the case. The seven were arraigned Thursday morning at a District Court in Cape Coast where police prosecutors, led by ASP Avornyo, prayed the court to remand the accused persons as thorough investigations into the gruesome murder continue. READ: Military investigators and troops storm Denkyira-Obuasi over murder Captain He told the court presided over by Rita Amonyiwaa Edusah that the charges were provisional, explaining that the investigations thus far were preliminary. Their plea was not taken by the court in view of the fact that the charges are preliminary and the full facts of the case have not been gathered. The Police were compelled to take the suspects to court due to the constitutionally mandated provision which requires that a person arrested  is put before court within 48-hours. READ: Police make case against Capt. Mahama's murderers today Article 14(3) provides that “a person arrested, restricted or detained shall be brought before a court within forty-eight (48) hours after the , restriction and detention”. Remand not opposed Lawyer for the accused persons, George Bernard Shaw, did not oppose the request by the . The court consequently granted the application by the prosecutors and remanded the seven persons to appear again on Monday, June 19. [caption id="attachment_53095" align="aligncenter" width="564"] – 3News - First In News | Ghana News Updates William Baah is the assemblyman of Denkyira-[/caption] The seven, including an assembly member who is said to be the mastermind of the lynching and subsequent burning of a part Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama's body arrived at the Court premises at about 8:10 am Thursday amidst tight . “Almost every corner of the court was heavily manned by armed security personnel” TV3's Thomas Cann who was in court reported. READ: Capt. Mahama's death tragic; murderers won't go free – Akufo-Addo asserts Captain Mahama, a member of the 5th Infantry of the , was jogging at Denkyira-Obuasi at about 8:30am on May 29 when he was lynched and a part of his body set ablaze, the Military High Command confirmed in a statement issued Tuesday. His body was filled with marks of including multiple deep cut wounds on the head and a partially burnt body, the Police have said. A swoop in the town Tuesday by a team of Police and military personnel led to the rounding up of a total of 166 people made up of 80 women and 86 men. They screened after which five of them were arrested. Two others, including the assembly member, later turned themselves in to the Police Wednesday evening “But it doesn't mean that we have left them off the hook. If there's any further information or evidence we will call upon them so that we will continue …As for the five, we've got concrete evidence that they were deeply involved but those we've discharged now it could happen that if there is fresh evidence we could rope them in,” DCOP Ampah Benin told TV3 Tuesday. By Stephen Kwabena Effah|3news.com|

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