Entertainment of 2014-07-19

Castro saga: Calls for the arrest of Asamoah Gyan, others baseless - Lawyer

Legal practitioner Samson Lardy Ayenini has described as baseless and procedurally wrong the calls for the arrest of Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan and Rev. Ebenezer Adarkwah Yiadom over the disappearance of hiplife musician Castro.

Rescue operations started Sunday, July 6, 2014 for Castro, born Theophilus Tagoe, and his female companion, Janet Bandu, who went missing earlier while jet skiing in the waters of Ada.

Castro and Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan were at the Peace Holiday Resort, a beach resort in Ada, together with some friends, for recreation when the unfortunate incident occurred.

The Marine Division of the Ghana Police Service intensified search operations Monday but as at Friday, hopes of finding Castro and Janet alive, seemed to have been lost.

President and Founder of the Legal Advocacy Foundation, Lawyer Maurice Ampaw, has, however, called on the Ghana Police Service to arrest Asamoah Gyan and Rev. Ebenezer Adarkwah Yiadom (Opambour), founder of the Ebenezer Miracle Worship Centre, (the prophet who says he knows the whereabouts of Castro) and subject them to intense interrogation.

He argued that, the mystery surrounding Castro’s whereabouts and events thereafter all strengthen the case that the Police must arrest Asamoah Gyan and his brother, Baffour Gyan, and all those who actually went on that trip with Castro for them so to give account of whatever took place and how Castro got missing.

He told Peace FM that if it were some other jurisdiction, all the above named persons would have arrested and given Police Inquiry Bill to assist in investigations because under our law, Castro was not dead.

But Samson Lardy Ayenini thinks otherwise. According to him, Asamoah Gyan, Opambour and all other persons can only be arrested over a specific charge.

He told Myjoyonline.com in an interview that, “You arrest people over a specific offence and charge them accordingly. I strongly disagreed with Dr. Maurice Ampaw describing his call as baseless and procedurally wrong. I asked rather that if Rev Opambour says he knows where Castro is, he should be invited by police to answer questions because all the police is doing is looking for Castro and Bandu.”

“The call is absolutely baseless and will only get the police being embarrassed terribly in court if they did and obviously unable to fix a sustainable offence and charges against them,” Samson added.

The legal practitioner quizzed that, “And who says the police didn't or haven't solicited anything from any persons including Gyan who reportedly went to the place and spent time together? If anything at all, the police would have gotten pieces of information from these guys to assist their search and investigations” Samson noted that it would have been different if it was the case that Gyan was on the same Jet Ski with Castro but “survived whatever speculated misfortune must have befallen Castro and Bandu.”

He argued that as it is now and per the information surrounding the event, there is absolutely no legal basis to arrest Gyan or any of the guys who were with him.

“People should allow the police to carry out their professional job on this occasion,” the lawyer urged.

Source: Myjoyonline.com
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