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General News Tue, 29 Mar 2016

BNI risks contempt for detaining 3 SA nationals

Lawyers for the three South African ex-police officials have hinted of filing a contempt suit against the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) for their continuous detention.

According to the lawyers the actions of the BNI must be discouraged and subsequently punished by the court.

The BNI reportedly defied a court order granting the three men bail to the sum of GHc20,000 each with one surety after they were arraigned and charged with unlawful training and conspiracy to commit crime and have continued to keep them in their custody.

Speaking to Citi News, one of the layers for the three South African ex-Police men, Samuel Atta Akyea said they would face the BNI in court.

“They have not been released they are still incarcerated in the sense of the order of the court that they are entitled to bail. It’s a big option we will pursue because what is going on is impunity and that is not how our systems of democracy are run. Tuesday is a working day and the courts is open and we will advise ourselves accordingly,” he added.

Three South African ex-Police officers are currently in the grips of the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI). The three including Major Ahmed Shaik Hazis (rtd), 54; Warrant Officer Denver Dwayhe, 33, and Captain Mlungiseli Jokani, 45 have been charged with conspiracy to commit crime and unlawful training.

The Head of Nana Addo’s security team Captain (rtd) Edmund Koda and the owner of the EL-Capitano Hotel Captain (rtd) Acquah where the 3 ex-officers lodged were also arrested and have been charged but the state has dropped the charges but he was latter re-arrested and kept in BNI custody until today [Monday] when he was released on health grounds.

The legal team for the three South African ex-police officers had accused the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) of infringing on their clients’ rights.

According to Atta Kyea the BNI is behaving like they exist in a “Kangaroo” country by flouting the directive of the Court of law.

“Don’t give any impression that this a kangaroo country in which they treat people anyhow. How can a Court of competent jurisdiction say take the accused to the registry and then go and look at the house of the sureties so that bail is granted, and then you just whisk them away defying the order of the court.”

Source: citifmonline.com