Alleged female ‘coup plotter’ accused of seducing 2 officers in an attempt to escape

The only female of the 10 accused persons standing trial for allegedly plotting a coup Warrant Officer Esther Saan Dekuwine has been accused by the military of making an attempt to escape from lawful custody.

In her bid to escape, she was said to have allegedly made advances to seduce a civilian police driver, an employee of the military in the process.

This was made known to a three-member panel of the Accra High Court during further Cross-Examination of Second Prosecution Witness Major General Nicholas Peter Andoh, Chief of Defense Intelligence of the Ghana Armed Forces by defense lawyers.

When asked by counsel for WOII Esther Saan, Lamtiig Apanga if he had received a complaint of sexual abuse from the sixth accused person? The witness responded in the affirmative.

He described the complaint of the said sexual abuse as intriguing. He explained further that, when the military police went there, the doctor said she was not sick and returned to the guardroom and so they changed her cells.

When she tried to seduce the civilian driver, she was changed again to Recce guardroom and he the witness visited her will Col Amponsah in the evening and she apologised and said that she was ashamed.

The witness told the court that, the guardroom is one of the most secured place where a suspect or accused is kept.

Asked by counsel to tell the court,  the time in which the said incident occurred, the witness said, it was in the night but will have to confer for the exact time.

When it was put to him that, Civilian employees of the military do not have access to guardrooms at night,  the witness said, he was detailed as a duty driver so he was performing his duty.

He also told the court that, a suspect in the guardroom does not stay there 24/7 sometimes they bring them out to bath and to eat.

When that happened, they suspected there would be a possibility of collusion, so they changed her location. He told the Court that, he does not remember the name of the said civilian driver off head but he knows there were some investigations initiated.

When counsel put to him that, his suggested answer that, there was a possibility of collusion based on his own assumption, but according to the witness his intelligence assessment shows.

He said it was false when it was suggested to him that, there was toilets bath in the cells where the accused was kept.

That particular place she was and attempted to seduce the civilian driver had no toilet. she was then moved to about five cells because of her attempt to escape.

The witness also said that it is false when it was suggested to him that, the only way the accused could have any direct interaction with that civilian employees at the time of the sexual abuse was when the civilian employees entered her cells.

When counsel put to him that, his alleged case of his client escaping has never been put before this court nor even during application for bail, the witness said, he raises the issue with the AG.

The court is presided over by Justice Afia Serwah Asare-Botwe while Justice Hafisata Amaleboba and Justice Anthony Oppong as members.

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