Human Rights lawyer banned from practicing for three years

Human Rights lawyer banned from practicing for three years

- Lawyer Francis Xavier-Sosu is a famed human rights lawyer who is credited with helping many wrongfully jailed Ghanaians gain their freedom

- He has been banned for three years by the General legal Council

- Sosu says he will appeal the decision by the GLC since its a hash one

Popular Human Rights advocate and lawyer Francis-Xavier Sosu has been banned from practicing as a lawyer for three years by the General Legal Council (GLC).

He was found guilty of professional misconduct by the General Legal Council.

Human Rights lawyer banned from practicing for three years
Suspended lawyer Francis-Xavier Sosu to appeal decision of legal council
“The disciplinary committee of the General legal Council formally charged Lawyer Sosu under Rule 2(4) of the legal profession (professional conduct and etiquette) Rules, 1969 L.I. 613 and that he; while acting as Council for Torgbui Afede XIV, in a matter between Torgbui Afede and the Chief of Defense Staff, minister of interior, Attorney General and another took to Facebook with pictures of the parties and comments on the case to the public with his firm’s name, address and telephone numbers attached, with the primary motive of personal advertisement and touting,” portions of the GLC statement said.

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According to YEN sources, a client of Mr Sosu reported to the GLC that the lawyer and his law firm are swindling him.

The lawyer represented him[client] in a compensation claim after the release of the complainant from jail after he was unlawfully detained for 14 years without trial. 

A Human Rights Court in 2014, awarded GHS200,000 damages to the 46-year-old Agyare [client].

The source said the GLC handed the legal practitioner one-year suspension after it found Mr Sosu guilty of the charge.

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Lawyer Sosu is also facing a three-year ban for advertising on Facebook.

The human rights lawyer has said that he will appeal the ban.

In an interview with Accra-based Citi FM, he described it as unfair and said he begin move to appeal on Monday.

Ghanaians have been weighing in on the ban, with many generally expressing sympathy for the lawyer.

Others condemned the three-year ban, describing it as too excessive and cruel.

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