An Accra Human Rights Court presided over by Justice Ken Okwabi ruled that the conviction of Antwi was wrong in law because the circuit court judge who convicted him didn’t note his mental instability.

On July 26, 2015, Antwi was at the Ring Way Gospel Assemblies of God Church in Accra, the same church where President John Mahama worships. A witness noticed that Antwi was fidgety throughout the service and he alerted police who searched the suspect and found a pistol with two rounds of ammunition on him. In the course of interrogation, Antwi admitted that he owned the gun and wanted to eliminate Pres. Mahama because he was not ruling Ghana right.

Antwi’s confession led to the sentencing by Justice Francis Obiri on charges of possessing firearms without lawful authority. The sentencing was however appealed by a human rights lawyer, Francis-Xavier Sosu, who asked for the court to declare that Antwi must be sent to a mental facility for treatment. Besides, according to Sosu, the fact that Antwi was not represented by a lawyer during the trial was wrong.

Justice Okwabi said that the circuits court judge ought to have ordered for a medical examination to be carried out on the suspect before deciding if he even had the capacity to make plea. He therefore ordered that Antwi be sent to the Accra Psychiatric Hospital for medical examination.

Source: Daily Guide