Accra The first Prosecution witness in the murder trial of the alleged killers of Major Maxwell Mahama, Mr Sabi Kwasi, Warrant Officer II on Tuesday ended his evidence in chief.
Mr Sabi, answering questions during cross-examination on whether, he was working for the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) in Diaso, before the incident happened and that they were on official assignment.
He said the team of soldiers were sent to the area by the GAF to protect the C and G Mining Company and that, they were not there as private contractors as purported by the defence counsel.
GAF took us to the area to protect the company, so we are working for the State, he added.
Defence counsel suggested to the witness that one of the main sources of tragedy in the late Mahama case was the secret presence of the soldiers in the area.
He said it was for that reason that the police and leadership of the Denkyira Obuasi were not aware of the presence of the military team but the witness, who is also the Deputy to the late Mahama said he could not speak to that.
When asked whether their presence in the area was to prevent illegal miners from interfering with the work of the mining company, he said they were there to protect the company.
The court presided over by Justice Mariama Owusu, subsequently discharged the witness.
The State is expected to call its next witness on June 12.
The fourteen accused are standing trial at the Accra High Court for the death of the Major Mahama, an Officer of the 5th Infantry Battalion at the Burma Camp, who was on duty at Denkyira-Oboasi, when on May 29, he was lynched by some residents, who allegedly mistook him for an armed robber because he had a pistol in his back pocket.
The mob ignored his consistent plea that he was an officer of the Ghana Armed Forces.
The accused are William Baah, the Assemblyman of Denkyira Obuasi, Bernard Asamoah alias Daddy, Kofi Nyarko aka Abortion, Akwasi Baah, Kwame Tuffour, Joseph Appiah Kubi, Michael Anim and Bismarck Donkor.
Others are John Bosie, Akwasi Baah, Charles Kwaning, Emmanuel Badu, Bismarck Abanga and Kwadwo Anima.
Source: Ghana News Agency