The Attorney General’s Department has asked the Ghana Police to drop criminal charges against the embattled Samuel Binfo Darkwa, an Adansi Asokwa NPP Parliamentary Candidate Aspirant.

The department said they want the charges dropped because there isn’t enough evidence to prosecute the aspirant on the said charge.

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The Constituency Secretary of the New Patriotic Party in Adansi Asokwa filed a suit against Mr. Binfo and 12 other supporters of his for assaulting him.

It was alleged that, the secretary, Samuel Awui was against Mr. Binfo’s candidature. He therefore refused to receive and sign his nomination forms hours before the deadline for nominations. The situation resulted into chaos and rioting at the party office in Asokwa.

Although there is video evidence that the party secretary was assaulted, for which he sued the PC aspirant and his supporters, the AG asked the Fomena Police Commander to drop the charges leveled against him.

The AG wrote:

The complainant stated in his witness statement to the Police that he believed that the assault on him by supporters of A3 was masterminded by A3, the Constituency Chairman and others. In as much as I empathize with the complainant, prosecution can only succeed in proving its case beyond reasonable doubt in court only when it adduces direct or indirect evidence to prove the guilt of an accused person. Mere suspicions and conjectures which are not backed by evidence would not suffice.

“I have not come across any evidence on record to support the allegation that A3 or anyone else for that matter promoted or encouraged or facilitated or aided the act of violence that took place.

“For the above-cited reasons, the abetment of crime charges against 3rd accused should be dropped. If a piece of new evidence which incriminates him for abeting the riot or any other charges later come up he would be charged accordingly. Until then however he should be discharged,” the AG advice stated in part.

It added: “Meanwhile prosecution of the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th accused persons on the charges of rioting should commence before the District Court.

“Your Police Fomena duplicate case docket RO. No. 21/2020 is hereby returned for your compliance with the above-mentioned directives.”

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