General News Tue, 2 Jul 2019

Investigate torture claims by journalist, kidnap suspects – Adam Bona

Security Analyst Adam Bona has called for investigations into claims of abuse levelled against personnel of the country’s security services by some suspects detained for kidnapping two Canadian women in Ghana.

On Monday, some of the suspects accused officials of the Bureau of National Investigations and the Criminal Investigations Department of brutalizing them while in custody.

In a similar fashion, editor of Modern Ghana, Emmanuel Ajarfor Abugri recounted alleged acts of torture he suffered at the hands of National Security Operatives after being detained last Thursday.

Speaking to Citi News, Mr Bonaa said it was against international best Practice to use any form of force or torture to extract information from suspects.

Today [Tuesday] the National Security Council Secretariat rejected claims that National Security operatives tortured the Modern Ghana journalists detained recently.

The secretariat in a statement insisted that the suspect, Emmanuel Ajarfor, “was never manhandled, neither was he subjected to any form of forced physical contact.”

“We consider it to be a clear and deliberate attempt by the suspect to discredit the investigations and the case against him… Torture and manhandling of suspects are not part and parcel of the culture and architecture of the secretariat under the administration of President Akufo-Addo.”

In addition, the secretariat expected a medical examination to be carried on the suspect to help unravel “the truth in the matter.”

Source: citinewsroom.com
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