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Bar association chides BNI over detention of SA3

Date published: Friday, 8th April 2016

Benson Nutsukpui, National President of GBA

The Ghana Bar Association (GBA) has condemned in no uncertain terms, the conduct of the BNI in relation to what has become known as SA3.

The association in a statement issued in Accra Friday, expressed “its regret and grave displeasure at the conduct of the BNI in flouting the orders of the Circuit Court, Accra, granting bail to the three former South African police officers.”

“The GBA condemns that conduct in no uncertain terms,” the statement stressed.

The Bureau of National Investigation (BNI), in spite of a court order granting bail to three South African ex-cops who had been arrested and detained by the Bureau.

The three had been brought to the country by the opposition New Patriotic Party to train the bodyguards of the party’s flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his running-mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.

They were, however, picked up by the BNI and charged with conspiracy to commit crime, unlawful training, false declaration amongst others.

When they appeared in court on Thursday, March 24, the Circuit Court granted them bail.

But the BNI whisked the three into a waiting vehicle and sent them back to the detention centre to the chagrin of their lawyers.

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