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High Court Rejects Barker-Vormawor’s Motion on Treason Felony Trial

The High Court overseeing the treason felony case of Fix The Country Movement leader, Oliver Barker-Vormawor, has dismissed a motion by his legal team that questioned the constitutionality of the charge and the court’s jurisdiction.

Dr. Justice Srem Sai, representing Barker-Vormawor, had filed a motion requesting the court to halt proceedings and refer the case to the Supreme Court to decide on the constitutional validity of the charge and the High Court’s authority to hear it.

However, on Monday, May 27, Justice Mary Ekue Yanzuh ruled that the High Court has the jurisdiction to continue with the trial, rejecting the objections raised by Barker-Vormawor’s lawyers.

Senior State Attorney Dentaa Yankah, leading the prosecution, argued that the High Court was competent to handle the case and accused Barker-Vormawor’s defense team of trying to delay the legal process.

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Yankah further claimed that Barker-Vormawor’s Facebook post, which led to his arrest in February 2022, had the potential to incite a coup by individuals capable and willing to do so.

Oliver Barker-Vormawor was charged with treason felony following his arrest on February 11, 2022, at Kotoka International Airport upon his return from the United Kingdom.

According to the Ghana Police Service, his arrest was triggered by a Facebook post on February 12, in which he allegedly threatened to orchestrate a coup if the E-Levy Bill was passed by Parliament.

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The Police viewed the post as a clear intent to undermine the Constitution of Ghana.

The trial is set to commence on June 3.

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