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Tuesday, July 13, 2010


… Over AG’s failure to prosecute  alleged Rokko murderers
By: Bismark Bebli
Late Rokko Frimpong, former Dep. Managing Director of GCB (left), Mrs. Betty Mould Iddrisu, Minister of Justice & Attorney General (right)
Credibly information picked up by The Chronicle indicate that some personnel of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service and the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) have embarked upon a silent protest over the Attorney General’s alleged feet dragging in prosecuting suspects who were picked up for allegedly murdering Mr. Rokko Frimpong, the former deputy Managing Director of the Ghana Commercial Bank.
The suspects- Samuel Macathy, alias Tugah, William Agbevor, alias Willy, Foster Kwame Boakye, Francis Ankobeah, alias ‘Naasei’, Emmanuel Atta Kofi, alias ‘Kakrah or Kariansu, and Jonathan Abbey were arrested and interrogated by the CID  in 2007.
At the time, the CID and BNI were conducting investigations into the murder. The latter’s investigation led to the arrest of some soldiers who were put before court, but the case was later thrown out for lack of evidence.
Intelligence report gathered by The Chronicle indicates that some of the suspects arrested and interrogated by the CID have confessed to the crime, but months after the docket had been submitted to the Attorney General’s department, no further directive has been given to either prosecute the case or not.
“When we arrested the soldiers and failed to link it with the monies that were paid to them, the court freed them.
We later got to know that the CID had also arrested six people, with one at large, who reportedly confessed their involvement in the murder. The document, we were told is with the AG. What are they doing so that the victim’s family would secure justice,” a worried source at the BNI told this paper.
Another source at the CID corroborated the story by grumbling that “we have for some time now completed our investigations but we don’t know what the AG was doing. The docket is still on their desk.”
“We believe that since the soldiers arrested by the BNI were freed by the court and we have this group of people, some of whom have confessed and it is on record, there should be speedy trial to give us moral support, as well as give the victim’s family some kind of justice,” a CID source also noted. According to them, the AG’s delay on the matter is worrying.
The Sector Minister, Hon. Betty Mould Iddrisu, could not confirm or deny that the docket has been sent to her office when this reporter contacted her on phone yesterday.  “You cannot get that from me, I am sorry,” she said.
She, however, shared the sentiments of those who are calling for justice and said   “We shall see what we can do.”
The BNI, after the hue and cry over the murder of Rokko Frimpong picked up five military men and arraigned them before court, but they were later set free by the same court.

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