Madina MP cites police officers for contempt of parliament over his attempted arrest on Monday; petitions speaker

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Member of Parliament for Madina in the Greater Accra Region, Francis-Xavier Sosu has petitioned Speaker Alban Sumana Bagbin to cite some police personnel for contempt of parliament following his protest on Monday.

According to the legislator, his petition follows an attempted arrest led by two senior police officers when he and his residents on embarked on demonstration to register their displeasure over bad roads; a protest he says had been sanctioned by the Ghana Police Service.

These two officers, the legislator mentioned to be ACP Isaac Kojo Asante, Regional Operations Commander and ACP Eric Winful, the Adenta/Abokobi Divisional Commander.

In the petition to the Speaker of Parliament, the MP noted that he wants the Speaker to take action with respect to Article 117 of the 1992 Constitution and Order 28 of the Standing Orders of Parliament.

According to Article 117 ,“Civil or criminal process coming from any court or place out of Parliament shall not be served on, or executed in relation to, the Speaker, or a member or the Clerk to Parliament while he is on his was to, attending at, or returning from any proceedings of Parliament”.

Giving a brief account of what ensued which has necessitated his petition, the MP explained that, prior to the protest, he received news that some protestors had blocked roads and were burning tyres, thus the need to rush to the scene and deescalate the issue before matters got worse.

He, however added that after the tension had been diffused, the police attempted to forcefully arrest him to their station for interrogation failing to recognize his status as a sitting Member of Ghana’s parliament; a status he says requires the Speaker of Parliament’s notice before his arrest can be effected.

“In fragrant breach of the laws of Ghana which relates to privileges of Members of Parliament, the officers mentioned herein, led the way and attempted to forcefully apprehend me in the presence of my constituents, an act which I verily believe amounts to contempt of Parliament,” portions of the petition read.

He continued that “it took the intervention of the teeming youth to rescue me and lead me to my vehicle where I finally sped off from the scene.”

The legislator therefore wants the Speaker to use his office to cite the aforementioned officers of the Ghana Police Service for contempt of parliament and therefore be made to face sanctions if found guilty.

“Mr. Speaker, I consider the said conduct as not only being unprofessional and against Police Service Instructions, but also an act which turns to undermine the authority and dignity of Parliament and a Member of Parliament,” he further argued. 

SourceABC News

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