Editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako has stated emphatically that government played a ‘dangerous propaganda’ game with the three South African ex-police officers, who were arrested in Ghana for offering improper ‘military’ training to NPP security team.
Chris Hazis, 54, (rtd), WO/Denver Dwayhe Naidu (rtd), 39; and Captain Mlungiseleli Jokani (rtd), 45, were picked up at the El Capitano Hotel at Agona Duakwa in the Central region a couple of weeks ago.
They were arraigned before court on Thursday March 24 but pleaded not guilty and were each granted a GHS 20,000 bail with sureties – however, the BNI continued to hold them in custody until they were deported from the country last week.
But the veteran journalist on JOY FM’s Newsfile political discussion maintained that the state breached the law by having the BNI keep the suspects in custody despite the court granting them bail.
"If in the course of exercising the mandate [to investigate crime and to prosecute if necessary], the state itself breaches the law, I tell you that's more serious than the perceived breach of the individual or corporate entity that the state is supposed to investigate…there was a violation of the court order" he said.
Adding that – defense by government communicators for keeping the trio in BNI custody was “bogus” and “unlawful”.
Mr Baako also described as “unfortunate” government attempt to link Nana Akufo-Addo's private security head, Captain Edmund Koda (rtd), to "a certain Serbian civil insurrection" and "jail-break" amounts to "profiling him to fit into the propaganda that had occurred outside of the court".
"That also is being put there as a way of creating a certain profile of subversion and it is coming from the Minister of the Interior because it was obvious now that in the realm of the court, they had no case, but in order to keep the public mind still on that propaganda capital they sought to achieve earlier, they had to go back and profile Koda …there was a conscious attempt to create a certain environment” he maintained
"…the state framed a weird wild propaganda," Abdul Malik Kweku Baako accused government.
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