The Attorney-General has told the High Court in Tema that he is “vehemently opposed” to #FixtheCountry Convener Oliver Mawuse Barker-Vormawor’s request for release pending trial.
This stands in stark contrast to the Office’s recent show of goodwill in the Supreme Court, when it stated that it “may not oppose a bail application submitted at the appropriate place.”
However, a document filed in opposition to Mr. Barker-bail Vormawor’s application reveals why the Attorney-General is now aggressively opposing his motion.
The affidavit, which was deposed to by Anastacia Karimu, an Attorney in the Attorney-Office, General’s with the agreement and authority of the Attorney-General and filed on March 9, 2022, cites six (6) grounds for the Attorney-opposition General’s to the application:
i. Treason Felony Charge Sustainable
According to the Attorney-affidavit General’s in opposition, the evidence acquired by the police thus far is sufficient to support the allegation of Treason Felony as alleged. Mr. Barker-Vormawor’s actions demonstrated a systematic pattern on his side to inspire his social media followers to accept his attempt to seize the constitutional instruments of Government,” according to the complaint. According to the sworn affidavit, the embattled #FixtheCountry convener has been “inciting social media followers to effect by unlawful means an overthrow of the constitutionally established organs of the Government of Ghana” “since 2021,” with the advocacy beginning “through a number of posts on his Facebook and Twitter social media accounts.”
ii. Applicant-Police Non-Cooperation
Mr. Barker-Vormarwor, according to the Attorney-General, “has not been collaborating with the Police.” According to the affidavit, he has “blatantly refused to comply” with a District Court order dated February 17, 2022, to provide the “Police access to his phone by unlocking same to enable them to perform a search on the phone as part of the investigations.” The document further says that on February 16, 2022, a search warrant was granted “for a search to be conducted on the dwellings of the applicant,” but that “he has failed to provide the police any fixed place of habitation within Ghana, hence rendering the search warrant impossible to execute.”
iii. Mr. Barker-Vormawor has no fixed place of abode
Oliver Mawuse Barker-Vormawor “has no established place of habitation in Ghana, thereby making him a flight risk,” according to police investigations. Mr. Barker-Vormawor, according to the Attorney-General, “is not likely to attend to stand trial if given bail.”
iv. Interference with Investigations
As a result, the Attorney-General told the Court that the investigations were still ongoing, and that Oliver Mawuse Barker-Vormawor “had indicated by his behaviour that if granted bail, he will hinder or hamper investigations.”
As a result, he pleaded with the High Court not to give bail to the persecuted campaigner.
The applicant “has not proved that he has people of good character and adequate means prepared to stand as sureties for him,” according to the Attorney-General.
vi. Test of Reasonable Delay
In the Attorney-opinion, General’s there has been no excessive delay in bringing the applicant before the Court for trial. He also claims that the trial would start as soon as the inquiry is over.
In his motion, Oliver Mawuse Barker-Vormawor requested that the Court give him bail so that he can prepare a defense to the charges leveled against him.
The #FixtheCountry organizer claims he has never been accused of or charged with a criminal offense in an affidavit signed in support of the motion.
He further told the Court that he had people of high reputation and financial means to act as sureties for him, and that he would cooperate with the investigations while awaiting trial.
Failed Bail Application Hearing
The bail application for the #FixtheCountry convenor, Oliver Barker Vormawor, could not be heard on Thursday, as planned, in the High Court in Tema.
His lawyers, lead by Dr. Justice Srem Sai, asked the Court for extra time to consider an affidavit presented in opposition to the Attorney General’s bail motion.
He explained that they had just received the application and needed time to study and respond to it.
The hearing for the applicant has been rescheduled for Monday, March 14, 2022.