Crime & Law

Court to rule on Sosu’s case on March 28

The Human Rights Division of the High Court presided over by Her Ladyship, Mrs. Barbara Tetteh Charway, has slated March 28, 2022, to rule on the interlocutory injunction brought by Madina MP, Francis Xavier-Sosu, against the Inspector General of Police, Dr. George Akuffo Dampare.

Evelyn Vuvor who held a brief for the IGP’s lawyers, said the substantive lawyer in the case was on a national assignment but would like to conduct the case by himself.

She thus prayed for the adjournment to enable the lawyer to get back to the case.

The Madina MP, is seeking to enforce his fundamental human rights, arguing that attempts by the Inspector General of Police, Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, to arrest him without first notifying him of the reasons were unlawful.

Xavier-Sosu is seeking a declaration that the conduct of the IGP was in breach of the standards of “fairness and reasonableness under Article 23, proper use of discretion under Article 296 and all implied rights inherent in a democracy intended to secure the freedom and dignity of man which include, the right not to be subjected to arbitrary and malicious prosecution under Article 33 (5) of the 1992 Constitution.”

He is also seeking “a declaration that the Police action violates rights to protest and demonstrations.”

He is thus asking the court to order the IGP to pay him compensation for unlawful and unwarranted breach of rights.

This came on the back of an October 25, 2021, street demonstration in his constituency against the deplorable nature of roads in the area.

He was charged with obstructing the Ayi Mensah-Kweiman-Danfa-Adoteiman and Otinibi highways, and the destruction of public property.

Mr. Sosu however insists that the said demonstration was done in accordance with the Public Order Act.

He has also disputed claims of destruction of properties, be it private or public, in the cause of, or as a result of, the demonstration.

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