The Aspiring Ashanti Regional Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Joseph Yammin, has expressed disappointment in the fines slapped on 13 members of pro New Patriotic Party (NPP) by a Kumasi Asokwa district court.
The group which was standing trial for assaulting the Ashanti regional Security Coordinator George Adjei was on Thursday October 19, 2017 fined GHC1,800 each and asked to sign a bond to be of good behaviour for 12 months.
But Mr Yammin wondered why the court would pronounced such a judgement on the group when they could have been punished severely to serve as deterrent to other vigilante groups who engage in hooliganism.
Speaking with Starr News, he said the group’s punishment has a political undertone arguing that its not deterrent enough.
According to him, the court has set a bad precedent for other vigilante groups.
‘We are disappointed in the outcome of the court ruling, looking at the fines that were given the group, but again from the other hand, we are not surprised, we knew it was going to happen, if you go through the things the gentlemen did and all they could be charged for was GHC1,800, I mean its not deterrent enough.
‘If this is how people can take the laws into their hands and do whatever they want, and get the results they have gotten, then I am sure people will definitely do what they did, and get such a fine and achieve their purpose,’ he fumed.
The group on March 24, 2017 stormed the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) to protest against the appointment of Mr Adjei.