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Refusal To Prosecute Sam George Slapper Is Based On 'Eye For An Eye' — Hadzide

By Simon A. Tetteh
Refusal To Prosecute Sam George Slapper Is Based On 'Eye For An Eye' — Hadzide
LISTEN SEP 21, 2019

Deputy Minister for Information Hon. Pius Enam Hadzide says government’s decision to reject recommendations of assault meted out to Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram Hon. Sam George was based on equity.

According to him, per the commission’s report, describing the behaviour of the MP “inappropriate” forms basis for the rejection of its report.

He stated that government is unable to accept the recommendation in view that Sam George earlier assaulted the citizen which occasioned the assault infringed on him because the commission in its recommendations was biased. “If you are recommending prosecution for assault, why was the MP’s earlier assault ignored.”

The minister backed the government describing it as an “Eye for an eye” in this case.

Speaking on Ekosiisen on Asempa FM, he said “In the spirit of equity, an MP is not elevated above other citizens. So it will be unfair to prosecute the citizen and let go the MP, I think we will not be operating the principle of equity and principle of equality before the law if we should tread on that tangent.”

The Emily Short Commission of Inquiry submitted a report to the President H. E Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo after it was tasked to investigate and produce a fact finding report on happenings in the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence earlier this year. However, the government has rejected about 58.9% of the commission’s report.

Among the recommendations rejected, the government said Mohammed Sulemana, the SWAT officer seen on camera assaulting the Ningo-Prampram MP did not need to be prosecuted, contrary to the opinion of the commission.

The government in the Paper argued that the facts presented by the commission supported “a valid defence of provocation for the said assault [by Mohammed Sulemana].”

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