The former Special Prosecutor Mr. Martin Amidu has finally commented on the arrest of Oliver Barker-Vormawor following his coup comments on Facebook.
In a statement made by Martin Amidu shows that, he didn’t coincide with the charges levelled against Oliver Barker-Wormawor after his arrest.
According to him, Oliver Barker-Vormawor’s coup comments doesn’t amount to treason felony for the kind of treatment meted out to him.
The arrest of #fixthecountry Movement leader, Oliver Barker-Vormawor was in-line with Facebook coup comments which was deemed as a threat to the nation.
Former Prosecutor Martin Amidu said, the comments used or labelled as Facebook coup from Mr. Oliver Barker -Vormawor doesn’t amount and correlate to the treason charge levelled against him.
“It is my considered view that the two contradictory and ambiguous Facebook comments taken separately or together do not measure up to the basic ingredients of the provisional charge of the indictable offence of treason felony for which he was ‘cynically’ and surprisingly brought before an inferior court without powers of bail on 14 February 2022, and for which he is still in police custody on remand,”
Martin Amidu strongly hold the view on the case as “arrest and detention on unfair grounds” which have been powered by the wish of some government officials in other to infringe on the fundamental human rights and freedoms of the #fix the country leader Mr. Barker-Vormawor through his Facebook comments.
According to Martin Amidu, the Akufo-Addo government has ‘knowingly’ and ‘intentionally’ turned the administration of justice into an ‘inquisitorial’ and ‘persecutorial’ system to intimidate and suppress the personal liberty of the social activist.
“The contention that he was not brought before a court within 48 hours of his original arrest or detention because of lack of a court during the weekend is vacuous,” Martin Amidu contended.
Martin Amidu made a recall of some renowned Directors of Public Prosecutions he had worked with and expressed the doubts he had as to if the renowned Directors would side with just the “Facebook coup” comments used as a yardstick to arrest and detain Oliver.
He further added that, he doubts if the Directors of Public Prosecutions can accept such charges (treason felony).
Just after the arrival of Oliver from the United Kingdom, the Police arrested and detain him
He stayed in their custody from the evening of 11th February 2022 due to the ‘coup comments’ he made on his Facebook page.
The Police press released, made it clear that his arrest was in connection with “a post he allegedly made on a social media platform to the effect that he would stage a coup himself if the E-Levy Bill is passed by Parliament.”
Fast forward, he was charged with treason felony (offence provided for in section 182(b) of Ghana’s Criminal offences Act).
Oliver Barker -Vormawor appeared in Court on February 14, 2022 in other for the hearing the case