Colonel Samuel Kodzo Gameli, Assistant Commissioner of Police Benjamin Agordzo, and another junior military officer, Corporal Seidu Abubakar, accused in the alleged coup plot have been acquitted.
Other six individuals accused in connection with a coup plot have been found guilty of conspiring to commit high treason and committing high treason.
Among the accused were Dr. Mac Palm (now deceased), Donya Kafui alias Ezor, Bright Allan Debrah Ofosu, Yohannes Zikpi, Warrant Officer Class Two Esther Saan Dekuwine, Corporal Seidu Abubakar, Lance Corporal Ali Solomon, and Corporal Sylvester Akanpewon.
The six persons found guilty have been sentenced to death by hanging.
All ten accused individuals pleaded not guilty and were granted bail during the trial.
Colonel Samuel Kodzo Gameli and ACP Dr. Benjamin Agordzo were charged with abetment.
The three-member panel of judges comprised Justice Afia Serwah Asare-Botwe, Justice Hafisata Amaleboba, and Justice Stephen Oppong.
Justice Asare-Botwe served as the panel president on the trial, which commenced on June 8, 2021. Prosecutors presented 13 witnesses, including seven soldiers, during the trial and concluded their case on July 12, 2022. The charges date back to April 24, 2021, and include conspiracy to high treason, abetment to high treason, and high treason.
On February 13, 2020, the Chiefs and people of Avatime Traditional Area in the Volta Region held a press conference to appeal to the judiciary to temper justice with mercy to allow bail for Col. Samuel Kodzo Gameli, who was arrested on September 23rd, 2019 for allegedly plotting coup in Ghana.
The acquittal of Colonel Samuel Kodzo Gameli has called for celebration among the people of Avatime, who had maintained that their son is innocent of the allegations levelled against him.