Suhum Residents Chase Out Judge From Courtroom

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The presiding judge at the Suhum Circuit Court in the Eastern Region, Oglie Korkovitey, yesterday fled the courtroom after an irate mob attempted attacking him during a hearing.

They appear to have taken a cue from the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Kumasi based vigilante group, Delta Force, whose record breaking height of impunity, led to the freeing of their colleagues who were facing prosecution for acts of vandalism.

The attack, captured on video few months ago, showed how the group, numbering about 50, besieged the Kumasi Circuit court premises, in chants and taunts, broke into the court cells and freed their members, who had chased out the Regional Security Coordinator appointed by the president.

Reports said, the police were outnumbered and caught between securing the suspects and protecting the judge.

Their action which was condemned by many well-meaning Ghanaians, has since the incident merited no prosecution or punishment and to worsen the issue the Attorney General office recently, dropped the earlier charges and replaced it with “rioting”.

In the case of the Suhum incident, Kofi Michel, Accra FM’s Eastern Regional correspondent, reported that the mob was livid after the judge granted bail to a fetish priest, popularly known as Rasta, who allegedly knocked down and killed three residents, including a second-year student at the University of Education Winneba, in Suhum.

Michel further reported that, the relatives of the deceased mobilized the public to attack the judge for freeing the suspect because he posed a threat to them in the community.

They alleged that the fetish priest has gained notoriety of knocking down people with his vehicle. Some of them believe that Rasta engages in the killings for ritual purposes.

To that end, they wanted the judge to remand him in custody.

The judge has since not reported to work, hours after fleeing the court.

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