Joachim Amartey Quaye
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Place of Birth: Nsawam
Joachim Amartey Quaye, a Ghanaian politician, played a significant role in the political landscape but is remembered for his involvement in a grave incident. As one of the original seven members of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) following the military overthrow of the Limann government, his political career took a dark turn.
The notorious event linked to Amartey Quaye is the murder of three judges, Justices Kwadwo Agyei Agyapong, Fred Poku Sarkodee, and Cecilia Koranteng-Addow, along with retired army officer Major Sam Acquah. Abducted during a night-time curfew in June 1982, their charred bodies were discovered days later. The judges had previously ruled in favor of individuals sentenced during the rule of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC), led by Jerry Rawlings in 1979.
Amartey Quaye and four others faced trial for their involvement in the murders. The Special Investigation Board (SIB), led by former Chief Justice Samuel Azu Crabbe, recommended the prosecution of ten individuals, including Amartey Quaye. The trial resulted in their conviction, and they were held at Nsawam Prison until their execution by firing squad.
During the trial and imprisonment, claims and allegations surfaced, with Squadron Leader George Tagoe asserting that Amartey Quaye had admitted that Jerry Rawlings and Kojo Tsikata were involved in the judges' killing. Despite attempts by Rawlings to dispel allegations, the execution took place at a shooting range near Nsawam, marking the end of Amartey Quaye's life and his dark chapter in Ghanaian history.