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Put Soldiers In Custody

2009-03-25 19:47:43
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The Tamale High Court last Tuesday ordered the Military Command at the 6th Battalion (Kamina Barracks) in Tamale to ensure the transfer of the three soldiers who were implicated in the circumstances which allegedly led to the death of the former Northern Regional Chairman of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Alhaji Issah Mobila, to the Tamale Prison.

“The accused persons, who are presumed to be in the custody of the military authorities, whether in Tamale, Accra or elsewhere, should be transferred forthwith to prison custody in Tamale to facilitate their easy assess to the court,” the judge, Mr Justice Lawrence M. Mensah, directed.

He adjourned the case to April 28, 2009 to allow the military ample time to produce the suspects when the case is called the next time. The suspects are Corporal Yaw Appiah, Private Eric Modzaka and Private Seth Gokah who are all with the 6BN in Tamale.

The former CPP chairman was reported dead in military custody a couple of weeks after the 2004 general election. That was after he had allegedly presented himself to the police after he had been informed that he was being sought by them.

Alhaji Mobila’s arrest was in connection with claims that he had been in possession of weapons but later when the police conducted searches in his car and residence, no weapons were found. He was alleged to have subsequently been transferred from the Central Police Station to the Military Barracks at Kamina where he was allegedly tortured to death by the suspects.

Even though the police had earlier claimed that Alhaji Mobila had died from an illness, an autopsy report on the deceased by a pathologist from the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi later indicated that he had died from multiple internal injuries as a result of torture.

The Tamale High Court initially heard the case in 2006 but since then not much had been heard about it until yesterday. The matter has enjoyed a lot of public discussion since 2004, compelling family members and sympathizers of the late Mobila to appeal to the government to intervene to ensure justice in the matter.

During the campaigns of the 2008 general election and later in his State of Nation Address to Parliament, the President, Professor John Evans Atta Mills, said he would ensure justice in the matter.

source: peacefmonline

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