General News Tue, 24 Jul 2007

African Human Rights Commission reviews Tsatsu decision

Accra, 24 July, GNA - The African Commission on Human and People's Rights (HCHPR) "has decided to review its decision on the admissibility of Communication 322/2006 - Tsatsu Tsikata / Ghana, taken at its 40th Ordinary Session held from 15th - 29th November 2006, in Banjul, The Gambia".

The Commission in its earlier decision ruled that a petition Mr Tsatsu Tsikata, Former Chief Executive of Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), sent to it was inadmissible because he had not exhausted all the legal avenues available to him in Ghana.

However, Mr Tsikata made documentary submissions to the Commission during its 41st Ordinary Session held in Accra, Ghana from 16th to 30 May 2007 after which the Commission has found it necessary to review its earlier decision.

A letter from the Commission made available to the GNA on Tuesday said: "This latter decision is in line with 'Rule 118 (2) of its Rules of Procedure'.

It said: " For this purpose, the African Commission will need to receive and consider fresh or additional submission on the admissibility of the Communication from both parties, and hereby request you to submit any additional new facts, which may support the admissibility of the Communication."

Mr Tsikata had sent a petition to the Commission alleging that the Government of Ghana was manipulating the Judiciary to find him guilty of causing financial loss to the State at all cost without regard to due process.

Source: GNA
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