To be freed? Court sets date for ruling on Charles Antwi's case

Charles Antwi was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for storming the President’s church with a gun

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The 36-year-old Charles Antwi was sentenced 10-years in prison in July 2015 after confessing that he had wanted to kill President Mahama at his church. play

The 36-year-old Charles Antwi was sentenced 10-years in prison in July 2015 after confessing that he had wanted to kill President Mahama at his church.

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An Accra Human Rights court has set the 31st of August to rule give on application filed to set aside the sentencing of President John Mahama's gun man Charles Antwi.

The application was brought before the court by the Mr. Antwi's lawyer Francis Xavier Sosu after he was convicted and sentenced for years imprisonment for illegally possessing a fire arm meant for assassinating president Mahama.

Arguing his case lawyer of the applicant, told the court the sentencing of his client was a clear error of law in the face of the record and prayed the court for a declaration that the applicant be subjected to mental health treatment in the facility of the mental health authority under the mental health tribunal.

In response to the argument by lawyer of Charles Antwi, the Attorney General represented by Evelyn Kilson who opposed the application,indicated that even though the AG agreed that the trial judge at the circuit court aired in his sentencing, the conviction was right because the applicant pleaded guilty.

She further told the court an appeal process which AG has already initiated is the best remedy to the case and not the certiorari filed by the applicant.

Charles Antwi who is believed to be mentally challenged confessed on the day of his sentencing in court that he had wanted to assassinate president Mahama on the day he was arrested at the church of the president.

Meanwhile, a psychiatric report on Charles Antwi has confirmed that he is suffering from a systematized delusional disorder.

Professor Joseph Bediako Asare of Peace Be Consultancy and Clinic confirmed this in a report to the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) after examining him.

According to the report, Charles has a history of mental instability and has not received proper treatment.

It further stated that Charles has no insight into his condition and has not regretted the offence he had set out to commit.

The letter cited stated that the person who was referred to the clinic by the BNI to be examined "does not know that what he was doing was wrong due to his altered mental state". “This makes him dangerous and should be treated by a Psychiatrist in a secure environment and under supervision,” the report addressed to the BNI Director concluded.

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