Military Official Charged in Ghana Coup Plot

A senior military officer and a civilian employee of the Ghana Armed Forces accused of plotting to overthrow the government have been charged in court.

This brings the total number of persons charged so far in connection with the alleged coup plot to five. They were arrested last week, accused of plotting to seize key installations with the aim of taking over the government.

The Senior Military officer and the civilian employee are alleged to be part of a group known as Take Action Ghana (Tag).

They are accused of illegally manufacturing firearms and explosives. According to the state prosecutor, the group had planned to stage a series of protests with the purpose of overthrowing the government.

The prosecutor added that the group had engaged the service of a local blacksmith to manufacture pistols and explosives to enable them to execute their plan.

Given that they are accused of plotting to overthrow the government, media commentators have questioned why the accused have not been charged with treason – a crime punishable with the death penalty.

The Ghanaian government says further charges could be added later.

The ministry of information says security agencies carried out a raid last week and retrieved several weapons including five locally manufactured pistols, improvised explosive devices and ammunition.

A lawyer for the suspects maintains that the accusations are baseless and a ploy to divert attention from difficult times in the country.


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