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Charge Police in Stadium Fatalities, Panel Urges

July 29, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

A commission in Ghana has recommended charges against police in a May 9 stampede in which 126 soccer fans were killed.

The panel urged prosecution for alleged reckless use of firearms on the part of police, who fired tear gas into crowds at the main stadium in Accra, the capital, to try to quell unruly soccer fans, chairman Sam Okudzeto said.

The tear gas set off a panicked rush for the exits. In the stampede, 126 fans were smothered or crushed to death and scores more were injured.

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