Francis-Xavier Sosu drags IGP to court over human rights abuses

Francis-Xavier Sosu, the Madina MP, has filed a human rights complaint against Dr George Akuffo Dampare, the Inspector General of Police, for attempting to arrest him.

The human rights lawyer who led his people in the #FixOurRoads demonstration has fought repeated police attempts to apprehend him on allegations of highway blockage and vandalism of public property.

According to the police, irate protestors barricaded the Ayi-Mensah – Danfa route on October 25 this year, burning tyres and impeding traffic.

He has vehemently refused to assist the police get hold of the Madina MP and has threatened two police officers with contempt of Parliament.

In the latest twist, the Madina MP who has recently returned from a trip outside the country, on parliamentary duties, has filed a human rights action pursuant to Article 33 of the 1992 Constitution and Order 67 of the High Court (Civil Procedures) Rules, C. I 4 for the enforcement of his fundamental human rights.

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The MP is asking for an order for the enforcement of his right to freedom of movement, right to protest and demonstrate, right to personal liberty, right to freedom of expression, and right against unlawful arrest and malicious prosecution (Articles 14(1), 21(1) and 33 of the 1992 Constitution) of the Applicant and for an Order for Stay of all Criminal Investigations and proceedings by the Ghana Police Service and the Inspector General of Police.

The Human Rights action is also accompanied by an injunction application to restrain any further attempt at unlawful arrest of the MP until the full determination of the Human Rights action.

Read the full document here.

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Source: Joyonline


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