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Friday, March 19, 2010

Witness: I followed intructions to have Mobila transferred to Kamina Barracks

Body of Issah Mobila
Body of Issah Mobila
The murder trial of three soldiers accused of murdering Issa Mobila, chairman of the Convention People’s Party entered its second day Thursday with two prosecution witnesses testifying.

First to mount the dock was Detective Inspector Kweku D. Anthony who told the court and the six jurors that he received instructions from the Regional Security Council on 9th December, 2004 to have Issa Mobila transferred to the Kamina Barracks, an instruction he followed religiously.

The deceased tended himself in to the police after he was accused of illegal possession and supply of firearms.

The witness said that Issa Mobila was transferred in good health and that it came only as a surprise when he heard of his unfortunate death the following day.

But the defence counsel Thaddeus Sory, according to Citi News reporter, Richard Mensah was not satisfied with the responses of the witness, challenging him, saying his answers were just a cover up.

The other witness was Sgt Christian Gyakpo, a photographer then at the Tamale Regional CID who told the court about the condition of the body of the deceased after he was allegedly murdered on the 9th of December, 2004.

The witness took photographs of the bruised body of Issa Mobila after it was dumped at the Tamale Regional Hospital mortuary.

He was also on hand to take pictures of the body during the autopsy conducted by Dr. Kofi Adomako Boateng of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH). Report of the autopsy revealed that the deceased had broken ribs, collapsed left lung and haemothorax, as well as many other visible injuries.

His testimony was short and straight to the point, Richard Mensah said.

The three suspects on trial are Corporal Yaw Appiah and Private Eric Modzaka, who are in police custody, while the third, Private Seth Goka, is at large and will be tried in absentia.

Sitting was adjourned till Friday, March 19, 2009. The trial, barring any unforeseen circumstances is expected to last for two weeks.

Story by Nathan Gadugah/Myjoyonline.com/Ghana

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