The quick conviction of 36-year-old Charles Antwi – the man who stormed President Mahama’s church with a fully loaded gun and admitted in open court that he was there to assassinate him – is going international.
Having been heavily criticised by various lawyers already, a UK-trained Ghanaian lawyer Godwin Adjei-Gyamfi has gone a step further to petition the Amnesty International to look into the matter.
Mr Adjei-Gyamfi describes as absurd the sentencing of Charles Antwi, who looked mentally unstable and had no legal representation.
According to him, Antwi ought to have been referred for psychiatric evaluation instead of the jail term slapped on him.
Read below the details of the petition to Amnesty International
Amnesty International UK
Human Rights Action Centre
17-25 New Inn Yard London 3EA
Re: Convict Charles Antwi.
It does not give me pleasure to have to bring to your attention diabolical, gross abuse of process, miscarriage of justice and breach of fundamental human rights of the above named person.
The detail is that the above named, on the 26th July 2015 entered a church attended by the President of the Republic of Ghana with a locally manufactured gun. The above named was arrested and appeared in Accra court on Tuesday 28th July 2015 without a lawyer.
According to and judging from what the convict was saying in court that he, “wanted to kill the president and take over,” suggest the above named was severely mentally challenged, ought to have been granted a lawyer and immediately referred for psychiatric evaluation. He was instead sentenced on the spot to 10 years imprisonment.
This is most absurd and diabolical as he is mentally unwell, was unrepresented by a lawyer and the maximum sentence on the statute books of the Republic of Ghana is 5 years.
I would be most grateful if you would please look in to the above absurdity as The Republic of Ghana has become a land where the strong and rich enjoy justice and the poor is forgotten.
Solicitor & Barrister-at-Law.