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Delta Force Case Asantehene raises serious issues with Delta Force judgement

It would be recalled that 13 members of the Delta Force were convicted by a district court last month for conspiracy to riot and rioting and fined GH¢1,800 each.

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The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has raised concerns about the quality of justice delivery in the country following how the members of the New Patriotic Party-affiliated group, the Delta Force were dealt with by the court for their role in political party vigilantism.

It would be recalled that 13 members of the Delta Force were convicted by a district court last month for conspiracy to riot and rioting and fined GH¢1,800 each.

They were also to sign bonds to be of good behaviour for 12 months or in default go to jail for 12 months.

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The 13 were arrested by the police after they attacked the newly appointed Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator, George Agyei.

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The men argued that Mr Agyei did not deserve the position because he played no role in the struggle to bring the NPP into power.

But the Asantehene has been wondering if justice was served in that ruling and asked: “If even it has been served, the question may be asked whether the quality of justice was served.”

“If someone steals a goat and is fined GH¢5,000 and additionally slapped with a jail term, how can people who invade a courtroom, overpower the security, release suspects and put the life of the judge and staff in danger be fined only GH¢1,800 and be discharged?”

“If such judgements came from the courts, how can you prevent people from questioning the quality of justice delivered by our judges?” he asked.

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The Asantehene was speaking at the 16th Annual Chief Justice Forum in Kumasi on Monday.

Delivering the keynote address on the theme: “Quality judges delivering quality justice”, the Asantehene called on the judiciary to redeem the confidence of the public in the legal system as it is eroding.

He said he hopes and prays “that by the end of this forum, the exact ramifications of quality justice will be more meaningfully appreciated so that we can all be witnesses to the realisation of the theme of quality judges delivering quality judgements.”

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