‘Coup’ Doctor Dead

The Late Dr. Frederick MacPalm


Dr. Frederick MacPalm, the medical doctor who allegedly masterminded a coup plot to overthrow the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government has reportedly died.

The 58-year-old accused, according to multiple reports including the Ghana News Agency, died at the Dodowa Hospital on March 25, 2023.

The reports say he had earlier collapsed at his private home at about 4pm and was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Dr. MacPalm was standing trial together with nine others, including senior military and police officers, junior military officers and civilians for high treason, conspiracy and abetment of high treason.

He opened his defence on February 21, 2023, and denied the allegations levelled against him by the prosecution.

He was subsequently cross-examined by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Yvonne Atakora Obuobisa as well as counsels for the other accused persons, except Bright Alan Debrah, who was having issues with legal representation.



The accused persons are said to have held discussions on whether or not to kill the President once their alleged coup plot succeeds.

They are also alleged to have planned to acquire electronic equipment solely for the purpose of jamming the National Communications Authority’s system to render all broadcasting stations except the state broadcaster useless.

Beyond the killing plot, the prosecution alleges that the accused persons had discussions towards capturing top public officials.

Again, the accused are said to have procured weapons and test-fired same and contracted persons to manufacture grenades, pistols among other dangerous weapons.


BY Gibril Abdul Razak