The Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has questioned the judgment given to members of pro NPP group Delta Force ‘8’ who besieged the Kumasi Circuit Court and freed 13 of their members who were standing trial for allegedly assaulting a Security Coordinator.
Speaking at the 16th Annual Chief Justice’s Forum under the theme ‘Quality Judges, delivering quality Justice’ at the Golden Tulip in Kumasi, His Royal Majesty asked whether quality justice are being served per happenings in the country.
He mocked at the sentences meted out to suspects who commit crimes.
He stated ‘If someone steals a goat and is fined five thousand Ghana cedis and additionally slapped with a jail term, how can people who invade a courtroom, over power the security, release suspects and put the life of the Judge and staff in danger and as their punishment they are fined only thousand eight hundred Ghana and are discharged, has justice been served? And if even it has been served the question may be asked, whether quality justice was served, quality justice for whom?’ amidst chorus of No in the auditorium’.
According to him, if such judgments come from the court you cannot prevent people from questioning the quality of justice delivered’.
He therefore charged Lawyers and Judges to see to the proper adjudications of issues so that quality justice will be meaningfully appreciated.
‘So that each and everyone can bear witnesses to the realization of the theme under which the forum was organized,’ he said.
The Delta Force 8 members were fined GH₵1,800 each, in default they will serve 12 months in prison.
Some politicians including the NDC members have questioned the sentence given to the group.
By: Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/106.9FM/Fremah Boakye