2-day police detention rule now includes holidays and weekends - Supreme Court

2-day police detention rule now includes holidays and weekends - Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has ruled that the maximum 48-hour detention power the police has to keep an arrested person in custody now includes weekends, public holidays and periods of civil unrest.

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The new decision follows a ruling by the Supreme Court that the courts will sit on weekends and public holidays on matters of personal liberty.

The seven member panel was presided over by outgoing Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo .

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She noted that 48 hours means 48 hours.

The other members on the panel were Justice Nii Ashie Kotei, incoming CJ, Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah, Justice Paul Baffoe-Bonni, Justice Sule Gbadegbe, Justice Alfred Benin and Justice Julius Ansah.

The latest ruling by the Supreme Court will come into effect in six months’ time.

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Private legal practitioner Martin Kpebu in September 2016 dragged the Attorney General to the Apex court demanding a declaration that portions of the Holidays Act that bars the courts from dealing with cases that affect personal liberty are unconstitutional.

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The Supreme Court in its judgement stated that the portions of the Holidays Act preventing such access to justice are unconstitutional.

The court then rectified the provisions to exempt courts dealing with personal liberty cases as part of those who can work on holidays.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the rank and file, as well as leaders of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have been urged to unite in prayer to win political power from the governing New Patriotic Party.

The call was made by flagbearer of the NDC, John Dramani Mahama on Saturday, December 14 at the funeral of the late Victoria Adzo Adzagli-Ametefee, wife of Mr Henry Ametefee, Volta Regional Chairman of NDC.

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