Tagor to Go Back To Jail?

If there was any ruling from the Court of Appeal that had elicited much controversy in the country, then certainly the ruling on the appeal made by Kwabena Amaning, alias Tagor and Alhaji Abass would pass for it. The nation was thrown into a state of disbelief and controversy amid debates from legal counsels, ‘pocket lawyers’, politicians and the general public when it was announced that a Court of Appeal in Accra had upheld an appeal to free Tagor and his accomplice Alhaji Abass to go and reunite with their families after serving almost 3 years in the gallows. While some argued that the release of the two personalities was a stab in the back of the fight against the drug menace, others mostly from the stables of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) believe that the ruling was in order as the prosecution in 2007 erred during the trial. Lawyers for Tagor and Abass argued in court that the High court erred in convicting their clients based on a tape recording of a conversation between Tagor, Abass, ACCP Kofi Boakye and others. However, intelligence reports reaching The New Crusading Guide points to the gloomy days ahead for Tagor and Abass as their new found freedom may be curtailed. There are indications that the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mrs Betty Mould-Iddrisu is assembling all legal weapons available to reverse the ruling of the Appeal’s Court and possibly see both men thrown into jail to continue their 15-year jail sentence. This indication was corroborated by the Minister of Interior Cletus Avoka on Tuesday when he averred that the acquittal of perceived drug barons and the non-confiscation of properties of drug dealers were two issues currently undermining the fight against drugs. He disclosed that the Meet-The Press series that, the government had prevailed on the A-G to file appeals in drug-related cases and also ensure that prosecutors were up to their tasks. Mrs. Mould-Iddrisu was reported to have expressed her frustrations at the court ruling and faintly indicated an appeal of the verdict upon a meeting with her subordinates. Whether the appeal would be entered by the A-G may depend on the powers she wields in the party as some pro-NDC newspapers have labeled the ruling as a déjà vu.