Lawyer alleges: Suspected Western Togoland separatist dies in police custody

A lawyer defending suspected Western Togoland separatists in Accra has alleged that one of his clients has died in police custody

One of the suspects arrested in connection with alleged secessionist attacks in the Volta Region last month has died in police custody in Accra, a defence counsel claims.

“As far as I know, I can confirm to you that one of those persons is no more with us. We are yet to receive official complaint from the police, because they [police] have not had the courtesy to even inform the family that the people we [police] came to arrest, this is what has happened,” Theophilus Donkor was quoted by the state-owned Daily Graphic.

“Because as far as we know in Ghana, which I know they [police] know, that the dead body belongs to the family so the family should have been consulted by this time, but they have decided, or they are deliberately deciding not to communicate that information to the family,” Donkor further told Accra-based Citi FM.

The identity of the deceased is yet to be established. The police are yet to make any official statement.

The arrested persons are suspected to be members of separatist unit, Home Land Study Group Foundation, which is championing the independence of the Volta Region. They attacked two police stations in the Volta Region in a bid to declare the territory independent in September.

Treason felony

Nene Kwaku Agblorm II, a traditional ruler, and 26 other alleged secessionists, have now been charged with treason felony.

The accused are said to have on 25 September in the Volta Region, prepared to carry out an unlawful means and enterprise to usurp the executive powers of the Republic.

In an amended charge sheet, they are also facing charges of conspiracy, participating in campaign of a prohibited organisations namely Western Togoland, conspiracy to causing unlawful damage, causing unlawful damage, stealing, rioting with weapons.

The court adjourned the case to 9 November 2020.

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