OccupyGhana has demanded a full and impartial investigation into the apparent refusal of the State to comply with a bail order given by the High Court in favour of an accused person, Mr Gregory Afoko.
The group, in the statement copied to Today in Accra yesterday, consequently demanded that agents of the State who violated the court’s orders to be punished to the fullest extent permissible under the law.
“Ordinarily we would not hesitate to comment on a matter that is pending in court. But we must be concerned when there is any appearance of gross and blatant violations of the constitutional rights of any citizen.
“Definitely, the actions of agents of the state in refusing to allow an accused person to take full advantage of a court order of bail, thereby holding him in illegal custody until a trial court makes a different bail order, should be repugnant to all,” the statement noted.
The statement said it was a fundamental right for every person to be considered and treated as innocent until proven guilty.
It asserted that the criminal justice system must, therefore, not be deployed or manipulated to punish any person who has not been found guilty of any offence.
The group stressed that the facts as “we know them show that at some point, a court of competent jurisdiction granted Mr Afoko bail. The State appealed and applied to stay execution of the bail order. The State lost.”
It added that “Thereafter, and once Mr Afoko met the bail conditions, his continued detention for even one second was grossly wrong, blatantly unconstitutional and an egregious slap in the face of basic human rights, constitutionalism and the rule of law.
It is for these reasons that the group called for an immediate, impartial investigation into this matter.
The statement further stressed that every officer of the state who was involved in this must be disciplined.
“If Mr Afoko sues and wins, the damages must be borne personally by the public officers who did this. If our taxes are used to pay such damages, it would add insult to the injury caused to Ghana and our reputation by these repugnant acts,” the statement averred.
It pointed out the people of Ghana enacted this Constitution and stated in its Preamble that we believe in “the blessings of liberty,” “Freedom, Justice, Probity and Accountability,”
Story: Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU
Writer’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org