UK based Ghanaian lawyer Godwin Adjei-Gyamfi has petitioned Amnesty International to look into the suspicious circumstances surrounding the arrest, trial, and subsequent sentencing of one Charles Antwi, accused of attempting to kill the President John Mahama.
John Antwi was arrested by National Security Operatives at the Ringway Assemblies of God Church, where the president worships, last Sunday, July 26. Two days later, this gunman had already been sentenced to 10 years in jail.
His supposed trial saw him with no lawyer, and the judge going ahead despite his lack of counsel and apparent craziness. His sentence was also five years over the maximum for what he was charged.
All these points were raised by this lawyer, according to Starrfmonline.
Read the petition below….
Details Amnesty International UK Human Rights Action Centre 17-25 New Inn Yard London 3EA Dear Sir, Re: Convict Charles Antwi
It does not give me pleasure to have to bring to your attention diabolical, gross abuse of process, miscarriage of justice and breach of fundamental human rights of the above named person.
The detail is that the above named, on the 26th July 2015 entered a church attended by the President of the Republic of Ghana with a locally manufactured gun. The above named was arrested and appeared in Accra court on Tuesday 28th July 2015 without a lawyer.
According to and judging from what the convict was saying in court that he, “wanted to kill the president and take over,” suggest the above named was severely mentally challenged, ought to have been granted a lawyer and immediately referred for psychiatric evaluation. He was instead sentenced on the spot to 10 years imprisonment.
This is most absurd and diabolical as he is mentally unwell, was unrepresented by a lawyer and the maximum sentence on the statute books of the Republic of Ghana is 5 years.
I would be most grateful if you would please look in to the above absurdity as The Republic of Ghana has become a land where the strong and rich enjoy justice and the poor is forgotten.
Godwin Adjei-Gyamfi Solicitor & Barrister-at-Law