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09.04.2007 Crime & Punishment

KNUST students arrested for piracy

By myjoyonline

The Sofoline police in Kumasi have arrested two students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology for allegedly pirating the works of some musicians in the country.

Ebenezer Larkai Quaye and Samuel Antwi Boasiako, both Bachelor of Science Planning students, were arrested by a joint police and anti-piracy taskforce of the Ghana Association of Phonographic Industry and the Musician Union of Ghana in a house at Ayeduase, near the university.

The joint security team retrieved four computer system units, four keyboards, a television set and 37 pirated compact discs from the room of the suspects.

The Sofoline District Police Commander, Assistant Superintendent of Police Ameyaw Afriyie, who confirmed the arrest to the Ghana News Agency, said the suspects were arrested after a tip-off and have been granted police inquiry bail.

President of GAPI, Mr John Mensah Sarpong, expressed concern about the persistent pirating of musical and other intellectual works, especially by students of the university.

He said the students of the university had over the years been pirating works of musicians and film producers but were unable to be arrested due to the cumbersome nature of procedures for arrest on the university campus.