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01.04.2004 General News

Rawlings Snub CID Again Over Assault Allegation

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Ex President Jerry Rawlings has turned down another invitation from the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service in relation to an assault case.

The Ex-President has been accused by a 28 year self proclaimed NDC supporter of assaulting him with his bodyguards of assault.

But he insist that he won’t honour the police invitation because they are uneven in their pursuit of justice. Rawlings had already turned down an invitation to appear before the CID on March 30.

His told JoyFM in a text message that: ''as an already condemned villian, I am waiting for their worst without a word. If the state apparatus could investigate and prosecute its NPP members, I would have accepted, recognised and respected their authority.''

Rawlings’ stance has irritated the CID boss who has called the behaviour of Rawlings lawless. The police say they are considering the next course of action.

28-year old Adamu Seini Mansu says he was heckled by the former President who accused him of making a rude gesture while Rawlings went round monitoring the voters registration exercise at Ashiaman. He said the ex-President pulled him by the collar on his shirt as he fell on his lap and tore his shirt bottoms. And to make matters worse, according to Mansu bodyguards of the former President pushed and shoved him around after the former president let him off.

The office of Rawlings have admitted an incident took place even though they insist the young man who describes himself as an NDC sympathiser had not been assaulted by the former President.

Victor Smith, Special Assistant to Rawlings said the ex-President only beckoned the young man who was making ''rude gestures'' and warned him to desist from it. Smith said the young man was only manhandled by one of the ex-President’s bodyguards who pushed and shoved him after Rawlings had issued the warning.