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12.01.2012 Crime & Punishment

Armed men assault journalists for taking pictures of DSP Mawuenyega

By GNA
Armed men assault journalists for taking pictures of DSP Mawuenyega
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Accra, Jan. 12, GNA – Armed men have molested and indecently assaulted a photo journalist at the Commercial Court premises when DSP Gifty Mawuenyega Tehoda was being escorted to face a hearing.

Ms Gifty Lawson, photojournalist of the Daily Guide newspaper, was physically abused for taking pictures of the DSP Tehoda, who is also the deputy head of the Commercial Crimes Unit of the Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

Like the Hollywood movie, the armed men pointed their guns in the air and shouted “we will shot you.”

The men then pounced on Ms Lawson tore her trousers and dragged her into a waiting car which sped off to an unknown destination.

Ms Lawson's body guards and another photographer who escorted her to the court following a similar experience yesterday when followers of DSP Tehoda prevented them from taking pictures, were subjected multiple slaps on their faces and they were also forced into two waiting vehicles.

The vehicles of the unknown assailants are: a Mahindra Pick up with registration number CR 1599 10, a Toyota Corolla with registration number ER 1109-10 and Toyota Camry with registration number GE 1584 W.

The assailants forcefully took away the cameras of other journalists and deleted their pictures.

DSP Mawuenyega was being held by the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) in connection with the cocaine-turned-baking soda saga.

Her counsel filed an exparte writ of Habeas Corpus against the BNI and the Attorney General.

The Human Rights Court granted the request of DSP Tehoda on a GH¢ 50,000 cedis bail with two sureties.

The Human Rights Court had ordered the BNI and the Attorney General and Minister of Justice to produce and explain why they have kept her in custody since her arrest on December 29, 2011.

The BNI was directed by President J.E.A. Mills to investigate how a cocaine exhibit in a drugs related trial later turned out to be baking powder and the BNI has since presented its report to the President.

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