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AUDIO: "Who killed the judges?": Rawlings should have shut up - Kweku Baako

By Clement Edward Kumsah
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Former President Rawlings and Kweku Baako

Managing Editor of the New Crusading Guide newspaper Abdul Malik Kweku Baako has taken a swipe at former President Rawlings for responding to the Joy News' documentary "Who killed the judges? '

According to Kwek Baako, former President Rawlings response to the latest Joy News' documentary "Who killed the judges?'  was needless and that he should have kept silent.

Joy News on October 2, 2018, premiered a documentary "Who Killed the Judges - a documentary on crimes that shook nation"

According to the documentary, On 30 June 1982, the three judges – Justices Kwadwo Adjei Agyepong, Poku Sarkodie and Mrs Cecelia Koranteng-Addow, and a retired Major in the Ghana Armed Forces, were abducted and branded “enemies of the revolution” under the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) led by Mr Rawlings.

Lance Corporal Amedeka, Tony Tekpor and Dzandu, all soldiers, had taken their captives to the Bondase military firing range and executed them. The murderers carried along a gallon of petrol with which they set fire to the bodies to destroy all evidence.

But it rained that night, so the bodies did not burn as they murderers had wanted.

Following a public outcry, the PNDC set up the Special Investigation Board (SIB) headed by former Chief Justice Mr Justice Azu Crabbe to unravel the mystery.

It turned out that all the three judges were sitting reviewing cases brought to them by aggrieved citizens in connection with the treatment meted out to them by the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council junta led by Mr Rawlings after the 4 June 1979 coup.

The army officer, Major Sam Acquah, was the head of administration at GIHOC who had signed letters that led to the dismissal of some agitating workers, including a PNDC member Joachim Amartey Kwei. Their services were terminated after they invaded Parliament House and destroyed property.

The SIB established that the abduction and murder was a plot hatched with the connivance of members of the PNDC. The Board found that the plot was master-minded by Capt. Kojo Tsikata, PNDC Member in charge of National Security. The PNDC rejected that aspect of the report and let Capt. Tsikata and four others off the hook for lack of evidence.

The remaining four of the nine suspects were jailed. When on 19 June 1983, there was a jail-break at the Nsawam Medium Prisons and the Ussher Fort Prisons, L/Cpl Amedeka escaped from captivity and has since not been seen. But his three accomplices, Tony Tekpor, Dzandu and Hekli, as well as ex-PNDC Members Amartey Kwei, were executed by firing squad.

But Jerry Rawlings in rebuttal said history has been skewed to make innocent people appear guilty.

In a tweet, former President of Ghana said:

A whole documentary on the killing of the major and the judges.

An unfortunate tragedy that saw hard, swift justice is done to the perpetrators unlike the organised assault and killings of the Ya Na and his 39 elders for which those perpetrators are yet to see justice. This is the fundamental difference – one group of four saw justice, the other group of close to 40 did not and has not!

We have re-hashed and re-cooked history to make innocent people look murderous. And in the next breath, using the same name to endorse yourselves because Rawlings has said he is cultured (compared to his predecessors). This is vicious and callous political opportunism.

However speaking on Joy FM's news Analysis show Newsfile, KweKu Baako said that former President Rawlings was better off not commenting on the Joy News' documentary "Who killed the judges? ' and that Silence is Golden.

He added that the cry of J.J Rawlings now is unnecessary explaining that "Jerry Rawlings was the Chairman of the PNDC and he had all the opportunity to respond to the 'explosive' verdict by the National Reconciliation Commission but refused and he is now worried about a documentary by a journalist."

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