Based on the advice from the Attorney General’s (AG) Department, earlier charges proffered against the Delta Force 13, has been dropped.
The initial charges, which have been dropped, include conspiracy to commit crime, assaulting a public officer and causing unlawful damage. In its place, the 13 men have now been charged for rioting and are to be tried in a district court.
This new development came to light when all the accused persons stormed the KMA Circuit Court, Presided over Mary Nsenkyire on Tuesday.
ACP Okyere Darko, the prosecutor, acting on the AGs advice, applied for the earlier charges to be dropped, which was granted by the court.
He then told the court that the AG has also admonished that the accused persons be charge for rioting, which the court also sanctioned.
The Delta Force is a vigilante group in Kumasi with close links with the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Some members of the group are alleged to have ruffled Mr. George Adjei, the Ashanti Security Coordinator appointee by the president.
All the 13 members were granted bail after initial charges were dropped on Tuesday, only to be arrested later to face the rioting charge. At the time of filing the report, lawyers of the Delta Force were strenuously working to secure bail for their clients.
Source: Kwadwo Essel/ thePublisher