Rawlings used as an example to detain “coup plotters”.

The former President of the Republic of Ghana, Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings was cited as a case the trial of the accused persons who have been charged with a coup in Ghana.

The court presided over by Justice George Boadi in its ruling noted that the accused persons were lawfully arrested and have not been kept in unreasonable custody due to the gravity of the charge against them.

The lawyer of the defendants, Victor Adawudu earlier urged the court to grant bail to his clients and that they (clients) will show up in court when needed.

State prosecutors led by Hilda Craig, Senior State Attorney, objected the application insisting that the appearance of the men in question in court cannot be guaranteed and they could also interfere with investigations.

Justice Boadi noted that the senior military officer who is among the accused could interfere with investigations.

On the junior ranked soldiers, Justice Boadi noted that Ghana’s history shows that junior ranks have overthrown the state before.

He noted that the offense they have been charged with is serious and has dire consequences and therefore cannot be overlooked and treated as a trivial issue.

History

In May 1979, some disgruntled junior military officers led by Flt. Lt. Jerry Rawlings tried to overthrow a military junta, the Supreme Military Council.

Their trial only served to make them popular till they were eventually released on the morning of June 4 by young officers and non-commissioned officers inspired by Rawlings who went on to overthrow the SMC.

He formed the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) which ruled from June 4, 1979, to September 24, 1979.

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