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23.03.2006 General News

Prisons Ready To Accommodate Ghanaian Returnee Convicts

By Peace FM

The Interior Minister Papa Owusu Ankomah says His Ministry is working towards improving conditions in the Nation's Prisons as Parliament prepares to pass the Transfer of Convicted Persons bill. The law which is yet to be introduced on the floor of the House is a law that would enable Ghanaians serving jail terms abroad be repatriated to continue their sentences back home when passed into law.

But the Member of Parliament for North Dayi, Akua Sena Dansua has expressed mixed feelings about the proposal to pass a law to enable Ghanaian convicts abroad to be repatriated to serve their jail terms back home. She says sections of the Transfer of Convicted Persons Bill seem to be an attempt to reward criminals. The bill will be placed in parliament when it resumes sitting after the Easter Holidays.

Madam Dansua says passing the bill could undermine efforts to control crimes such as drug trafficking. The MP for North Dayi however says apart from those convicted of drug trafficking, other Ghanaian prisoners could be brought back home.

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