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Court fines 13 member Delta Force Gh¢31,200 for escaping lawful custody

The thirteen members of the Delta Force who escaped from the Circuit Court in Kumasi last Thursday have been fined a total of Gh¢31,200.

The court handed them 200 penalty units each which translates into Gh¢2,400 each, in default spend three years in prison for escaping from the court after they were remanded.

The court said it was lenient with them because they were first time offenders and because they voluntarily surrendered themselves to the police and thereby saved the police the time in going to look for them.

The court also took into consideration the guilty plea by the 13 which also saved the court the time of going through an entire trial.

They are also to sign a bond of good behavior and live that behaviour for a period of six months.

The 13 Delta Force members were facing charges of conspiracy to assault for raiding the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council and assaulting the Regional Security Coordinator because they were against his appointment.

They were last week freed by some members of the vigilante group in open court, after the presiding judge remanded the 13 in police custody.

About eight of those who caused the confusion at the court were arrested, while the 13 fugitives subsequently turned themselves into the police.

The substantive case has however been slated for April 20, 2017. Meanwhile, the 13 are supposed to be on remand until the case is heard.

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The eight Delta Force members arrested for allegedly sparking the confusion at the Kumasi Circuit Court, leading to the escape of 13 of their own, were on Monday remanded and are to reappear before the court on April 18, 2017.

Lawyers for the remanded Delta Force members had argued that the case was bailable, but the bail plea was turned down by the presiding judge.

The eight have been charged with disturbing a court session, for resisting arrest, and freeing the 13 persons who were in lawful custody.

 

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