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Painful Story: How Rawlings executed 23 souls & sentenced 50 prisoners to death over coup attempts

The question of fairness of ruling given by the court over the acts committed by several prisioners in Ghana, during the era of Jerry John Rawlings still remains mind boggling. 

Reliable reports, confirmed by Amnesty International reveal that hundreds of Political prisioners (including those in the Ghana Armed Forces) were detailed without trial the by Rawlings' Government. Their detention orders were issued and justified under the Preventive Custody Law of 1982, which was outside the legal framework. 

Meanwhile, within three years (from 1983 to 1986, 50 prisoners were sentenced to death while at least 23 people found guilty of unsuccessful coup against the ruling Governing were executed.

Those found guilty were alleged to have committed some offences specified under the PNDC Law 78 of 1984, which states that:

Any person who - 

f. who does any act with the intent to sabotage the economy of Ghana,

g. prepares or endeavors in any manner to overthrow the Government or to usurp any powers of the Government;

h. Prepares or endeavours to procure by force any alteration of the revolutionary path of the people of Ghana or of the law or the policies of the Government;

Below the full list of the 23 persons who were executed, coupled with those sentenced to death:

Content created and supplied by: Ghana'sthirdeye (via Opera News )

Amnesty International Jerry John Rawlings Rawlings


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