Attorney-General must appeal Delta Force escapees' punishment- Oti Bless

Attorney-General must appeal Delta Force escapees' punishment- Oti Bless

John Oti Bless, the National Democratic Congress member of parliament for Nkwanta North has urged the Attorney General to appeal the punishment of a fine placed on the 13 Delta Force members that escaped during their trial in Kumasi.

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According to him, the punishment was not harsh enough and reeked of partisan involvement.

"I’m tempted to believe there is one law for one side of the political divide and another for other political parties in the country," he said.

AG must appeal Delta Force escapee fine- Oti Bless

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Mr Oti Bless compared the Delta Force incident to the 2016 Montie 3 scandal, where the host of political affairs program on Montie FM, along with 2 panelists were charged and imprisoned for contempt, for insulting and threatening the Supreme Court judges.

The Nkwanta North MP further recounted his own experience after his interview on Montie FM some time ago when he criticized the judicial system of Ghana, stating that his remarks on the issues led to a backlash from the public.

"For the Montie Three, these were just verbal statements on radio. They were remanded for months and asked to pay GHc 10,000 each. Comparing that to what happened in Kumasi, which one is grievous? Which one has effects on the rule of law… Looking at the gravity of the two offences, even a three-day-old baby would disagree with this kind of ruling," he added.

Mr Oti Bless said that the seemingly merciful outcome of the judge's decision for the 13 Delta Force escapees could have serious implications for the country.

He believed that such decisions sent the message to the youth in the country, that anyone could take the law into their own hands.

Following their escape from a Kumasi circuit court last week, the 13 Delta Force members turned themselves in to police not long after and were charged on 200 penalty units.

Their charges amount to GHC 2,400 each and they would face a three-year prison sentence if they failed to pay the fine.

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