Major Mahama was protecting galamsayers – Lawyer

The case of late Major Maxwell Mahama has taken a new twist with defense lawyer possibly justifying why he was gruesomely murdered.

According to the defense lawyer in the trial of persons charged over the lynching of Major Mahama, George Bernard Shaw, the late military officer and his team were at Dankyira Obuasi to purposely protect illegal miners popularly referred to as “galamsayers”.

He claimed residents of Denkyira Oboasi had a strained relationship with the C and G Aleska, the company the military team were protecting because residents alleged they were damaging the nearly exhausted forest reserve.

Mr. Shaw added that C and G Aleska had been written to by the Minerals Commission to halt operations in the Juabo Forest.

Activities of this company came to light after the lynching of then Army Captain Maxwell Mahama by some residents of Denkyira Oboase.

It would be recalled that, the District Chief Executive of the area Daniel Appianin was suspended by President Akufo-Addo following comments he made suggesting the company was engaged in illegal mining.

George Bernard Shaw on Thursday concluded his cross-examination of Major Mahama’s Second in command WO II Sabi Kwasi.

WO Sabi under cross-examination said he was unaware of the deployment of the military team to protect the company but added they carried out their duty professionally.

He, however, rejected the claim by Lawyer Shaw that the military was deployed to the site because of the constant attacks on the company by the residents of Diaso.

Mr. Shaw in a letter written by the Minerals Commission asking the company to halt its mining activities suggested to the witness that the company was engaged in an illegal activity.

WO II Sabi said he was unaware of any such directive.

The court has meanwhile ordered the Head of Department-Disclosure, at Vodafone Ghana to make available phone records of the first accused person, William Baah (assembly man) on May 29, the day the Soldier was lynched and that of May 30, 2017.

This follows an application made by his lawyer George Bernard Shaw saying access to the data will enable Mr. Baah put up his defense. This was not opposed by Chief State Attorney Evelyn Keelson.

The case has been adjourned to June 5, 2018.

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