MP for Akyem Abuakwa South, Samuel Atta Akyea has criticised the Interior Ministry for ignoring the lawlessness of state security apparatus after it detained three South African nationals despite being granted bail.
He described a statement from the ministry as "very shameful" because it failed to touch on the action of the BNI considered disrespectful to the courts.
He described the explanation for the continuous detention of the three men as a “dubious and devious explanation” arguing this should not have happened.
Atta Akyea said the BNI actions have contributed to ruining the image of the country.
The Ministry of Interior released a 14-point press statement on March 28 in which it detailed the background of the three South African ex-cops who are currently in the BNI custody.
The men, Major Ahmed Shaik Hazis (Rtd.) 54, WO/Denver Dwayhe Naidu (Rtd.) 39, and Captain Mlungiseleli Jokani (Rtd.) 45 were picked up by the BNI at the El Capitano Hotel at Agona Duakwa in the Central Region on Sunday, March 20 for engaging in activities which threaten the peace of the country.
In its reaction to the issue, the Interior Ministry said the activities of the three could compromise the election results of the November 2016 elections.
“A comprehensive report on the operations of Superlock Technologies Limited (STL) and an assessment of some key staff’s vulnerability for possible compromise was retrieved from HAZIS’S room. STL is the company contracted by the Electoral Commission to transmit tallied election results."
It further said that: “HAZIS [one of the three men] denied authoring the document but indicated that it was given to him by DANI ISAACA, an Israeli based in South- Africa. HAZIS claimed he had not read the document which had been in his possession for about three (3) weeks. During interrogation it was evident that he was conversant with the content of the document.”
According to the statement, "the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) started an investigation into the immigration status of the three (3) accused persons and requested the BNI to hand them over for further action. They were therefore released on 24/03/16 to the GIS as requested. Meanwhile, in line with regular practice the GIS requested that the BNI provide custody of the suspects."
Speaking on the Joy FM’s Super Morning Show, Mr Atta Akyea said: “If a man is on bail, he can always report to the authority”, adding if a man is on bail and you arrest him, it amounts to lawlessness.
He said if it was not an issue for officials of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) – the U.S intelligence agency to train some personnel of the BNI here in Ghana why should government find fault with South African ex-cops providing training.
“What are they doing in the country which have security implications?” he asked adding there was no subversive dimension to activities carried out by the men.
According to him, the government has demonstrated through the recent behavior of its officials that it is impossible to have “a clear understanding of the law with the executive power.”
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