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Ghana Armed Forces to court martial a dead body? – William Nyarko asks

Mr. William Nyarko, Executive Director, ACILA

The mortal remains of the military officer, Francis Atsu Vondee who died in a car crash with Ghanaian dancehall artiste, Ebony, is expected to face a court-martial, according to media reports.

However, in a Facebook post, Mr. William Nyarko, Executive Director

of the Africa Centre for International Law and Accountability (ACILA) has questioned the basis for which the deceased military officer will be made to face the court-martial.

According to him, even “the Ghana Armed Forces rules of procedure provide for “natural justice”.  “So how would the Ghana Armed Forces provide natural justice for the dead?” – he quizzed

In addition, he said the 1992 constitution provides that a person who is accused of any crime must be given “a fair trial”, “notice”, “presence at trial unless the person who is duly notified absents himself/herself or is ordered removed by the court.”

“How would the Ghana Armed Forces meet the person’s fundamental right to a fair trial as provided under Articles 19 (2) and (3), 23, and 296 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana” he questioned.

The 29-year-old officer was traveling with Ebony when their Jeep crashed into a VIP bus Thursday night on the Sunyani-Kumasi highway while returning to Accra from Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region.

Source: AwakeAfrica.com | Efo Korsi Senyo

About Efo Korsi Senyo

Efo Korsi Senyo has over 4 years experience working as investigative journalist with Awake Africa. He is the Head of Awake Investigates. Connect with him via senyo@awakeafrica.com or WhatsApp: +233249155003

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