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Treason Trial For Oliver Barker-Vormawor Starts September



Treason Trial For Barker-Vormawor Starts September

From September 1, 2022, Oliver Barker-Vormawor, #FixTheCountry convener will begin his treason felony treason.

The decision to begin the trial at the High Court next month was fueled by the Ashainam District Court presided over by Mrs Eleanor Kakra Barnes Botwe, to refer the case to the higher jurisdiction.

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According to the Barker’s legal team, led by Justice Srem-Sai said the charges brought against the social change activist offend the rules of duplicity and multiplicity.

“The particulars of the count allege both high treason and treason felony, and we don’t know which one we’re being charged with,” a Citi News story quoted the lawyer.

The FixTheCountry leader was arrested at the Kotoka International Airport shortly after he returned from UK on February 11, 2022.

He was charged by the police for treason and treason felony for a post he made on social media from Facebook.

Police said the short post “contained a clear statement of intent with a possible will to execute a coup in his declaration of intent to subvert the constitution of the Republic”.

Barker-Vormawor had posted that he would stage a coup if the E-Levy was passed. He also called the army “useless”.

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He made the post after a birthday cake was shaped to write the word “E-Levy”. Barker-Vormawor made the post at the height of a fierce public backlash over the cake.

If found guilty he could be jailed life or face capital punishment.

Earlier, the private legal practitioner and lead convener of the #FixTheCountry Movement, Oliver Barker-Vormawor, described the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) as a useless body.

In a lengthy Facebook post, the lawyer said that the GBA has failed to champion any major social cause, unlike bar associations in The Gambia and Nigeria.

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