14 remand prisoners at Nsawam set free


Fourteen remand prisoners have been set free from the Nsawam prisons under the Justice for all Programme.

The prisoners, some of whom had been in custody for over nine years, were unconditionally discharged after hearings involving six courts and six judges within the premises of the Nsawam prisons.

One such remand prisoner, McCarthy told Joy News’ Seth Kwame Boateng he was arrested five years ago on suspicion he murdered another person, an offence he has vehemently denied.

He had never been taken to court to open his defence but has been kept in custody for years.

He was discharged forever and would not be re-arrested for the same offence.

The judges have been sitting to hear 77 pending remand cases in all, Kwame Boateng reported.

The hearing in the country’s prisons is one of many reforms the Chief Justice has initiated to decongest the prisons.

Her action follows a Joy News documentary “Locked and Forgotten” which exposed the remand crisis in the country’s prisons.

Exactly a week today 18 remand prisoners in the Koforidua Prisons got their freedom.

Seth Kwame Boateng reported that two more courts are still sitting at the Nsawam prison with the likelihood of more remand prisoners being released.

Chairman of the Justice for all programme Clemence Honyenugah was critical of some prosecutors who he said have abandoned their cases.


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