General News Wed, 18 Apr 2001

Serlomey Case: BNI Rescinds Decision

THE Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) yesterday rescinded its decision to issue a statement outlining details of the fresh cases for which Mr Victor Serlomey, former Deputy Minister of Finance, was arrested soon on his arrival at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

Sources close to the BNI told the Graphic late last night that the BNI had decided that no statement would be issued until investigations into the cases are completed.

The arrest of the former Deputy Minister at the KIA last Sunday night caused a furore which has generated public discussions.

Whilst some have described the mode of arrest as arbitrary and an infringement on Mr Selormey’s liberties as a citizen of Ghana, others contend that the allegations against the former minister border on alleged economic crime which must not be treated lightly.

A Deputy Commissioner of the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Mr Benjamin Oppong, condemned the mode of arrest and said Mr Selormey should have been given sometime to report after his arrival in the country, more especially when he did not resist arrest.

On Mr Amidu’s conduct at the airport, Mr Oppong said if he was there as a lawyer to advise the BNI official on the right thing to do under the circumstance, then that was right.

However, if his intention was to interfere with the arrest, then he erred, Mr Oppong stated.

Mr Selormey who was detained overnight, has since been granted bail.

Source: By Graphic Reporter