Eight persons accused of playing a role in the murder of Major Maxwell Mahama, are demanding compensation from the state for wrongfully accusing of the late soldier.

Counsel for the eight persons, George Bernard Shaw, made the demand after state prosecutors had dropped murder charges against them today in court

According to him, his eight clients have been humiliated and wrongly held for almost eight months for a crime they didn’t commit.

Major Mahama was stoned and clobbered after the residents claimed they mistook him for an armed robber. He was later torched.

Major Maxwell Mahama

His death provoked major discussions on acts of mob injustice, resulting in a public commitment to end the menace.

The Police subsequently arrested over fifty suspects who had fled the town to other regions in the country.

Thirty-six of the suspects have been discharged since the trial commenced at the district court.

The eight have, since May 2017, been in the custody of the police after they were picked up in connection with the May 29 lynching of the soldier at Denkyira Obuasi in the Central Region.

Chief State Attorney Evelyn Keelson who moved the motion for the discharge of the eight said the state lacked enough evidence to prosecute them.

Presiding judge Worlanyo Kotoku granted the request leaving 14 suspects before the court.


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