Detention of SA ex-cops BNI violating rights of 3 SA ex-cops - Atta Akyea

The three South African ex-police officers were granted bail by an Accra Circuit court on Thursday.

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One of the lawyers of the three South African ex-police officers who were arrested for allegedly training the security team of the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo has accused the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) of infringing on the rights of his clients.

The three South African ex-police officers were granted bail by an Accra Circuit court on Thursday. The bail to the tune of twenty thousand cedis each with one surety was granted by the court despite the state asking for more time to investigate the matter.

The court ordered that the accused persons wait at the court's registry for the bail processes to be completed. However, the BNI defied that directive and instead sent the suspects to the BNI headquarters.

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Speaking to the media, one of the lawyers for the three South Africans, Samuel Atta Akyea said the BNI’s action was a violation of the rights of the accused persons.

“Don’t give any impression that this is a kangaroo country in which they treat people anyhow. How can a court of competent jurisdiction say: ‘Take the accused to the registry and then go and look at the house of the sureties, so that bail is granted’, and, then, you just whisk them away, defying the order of the court?” he asked.
Atta Akyea, who is also the Abuakwa South Member of Parliament (MP) also argued that the BNI is intending to keep the three South Africans during the Easter festivities, from Friday March 25, to Monday March 28.

"We are not going to joke with this matter. But it is going to have grave consequences for them. We are not going to allow them to treat us anyhow… We will not start any fight with them, but we will use the law to bring them to order,” he added.

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