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Ghana: Social activist arrested over coup comment granted bail

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

Ghanaian social activist Oliver Barker-Vormawor has been granted bail by a court in the capital Accra.

Baker-Vormawor who is the Convener for the #FixTheCountry movement was granted bail by a judge to the tune of ¢2 million, an equivalent of almost $280,000.

The Cambridge University PhD student is to provide 2 sureties one of whom should deposit documents to his landed property in execution of the bail.

He is facing treason felony charges after a social media post threatening a coup. Barker-Vormawor is also required to report to the police once a week.

Lawyers for the suspect have told the court the case against their client is preposterous.

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On February 11, Mr Barker-Vormawor was arrested upon arrival in Ghana for allegedly taking to social media to threaten a coup over attempts to impose a tax on electronic transactions.

According to a police statement dated 12th February 2022, he was picked-up for allegedly writing on social media that he would topple the government if the E-levy bill is passed.

“Mr Oliver Baker-Vormawor has been arrested by the Tema Regional Police Command following a post he allegedly made on social media platforms to the effect that he would stage himself if the E-levy bill is passed by Parliament,” portions of a Police statement said.

It follows viral pictures from the Majority Leader’s 65th birthday bash showing an ‘E-levy’-designed cake.

The decision by the government of Ghana to introduce the levy on electronic transactions had left many citizens infuriated.

The government wants to impose a 1.75 percent levy on all electronic transactions such as mobile money payments, bank transfers, merchant payments and inward remittances.


Ghana: Social activist charged with treason over coup comment



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