General News Wed, 18 Aug 1999

Police probe pregnant suspect?s case

By Timothy Gobah

A FOUR-MEMBER police team led by Mr. E. Owusu-Poku, Commissioner of Police has begun investigations into the circumstances that led to the impregnation of a remand suspect in police custody at Anloga in the Volta Region.

The team which arrived at Keta on August 10, have since met the victim, Rose Amenya, Bartholomew Noble Diaz, a human rights activist at Anloga and Rose?s grandmother, Mama Nyonyo.

They have also interrogated the district officer of the Anloga police, Mr. G. K. K. Glago, Mr. Ayew the investigator, and the panel members of the Anloga Community Tribunal, which remanded Rose.Twenty-year-old Rose Amenya, who served 16 months remand at the Anloga police station, gave birth to a seven-month-old premature baby boy two months after her release.

She claimed to have been impregnated by a suspect criminal in police custody who has since escaped from lawful custody.

Rose who is the first of her mother?s six daughters was arrested in January 1998 following a report to the police by her mother that she had put poison in the family?s evening meal.

She was remanded in police custody and later, on a charge of attempted murder to give the police time to investigate the matter.Rose?s incarceration was brought to public attention when Mr. Diaz wrote to the Volta Regional Director of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice complaining about her detention without trial.

This paper took up Rose?s case and following the publication of her story, the Police Administration interdicted the district officer Mr. Glago and the investigator Mr. Ayew and constituted a team on July 31, to investigate the circumstances that led to Rose?s impregnation. The team was given two weeks to submit its report.

Source: Daily Graphic