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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Court gives BNI seven-day ultimatum over Ose Adjei's passport

The BNI seized Mr Osei Adjei’s passport in July
The BNI seized Mr Osei Adjei’s passport in July

The human right court in Accra has ordered the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) to release the passport of former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Akwasi Osei-Adjei, within seven days.

The bureau seized Mr Osei-Adjei’s passport following its investigations into quantities of rice imported from India which the BNI said his ministry facilitated in a fraudulent manner, but he has denied any wrong doing.

The former minister, therefore, went to court to seek an unconditional release of the passport and an order restraining the Attorney-General and BNI from curtailing his right to freedom of movement.

The court ruled in his favour in August.

The BNI, however, went to court seeking a stay of execution of the court ruling, but lost again on Tuesday, September 15, 2009, and was given the seven-day ultimatum to release the passport.

Counsel for Mr Osei Adjei, Mr. Godfred Odame expressed delight in today’s ruling and called on the Attorney-General “to give up the fight” and rather put in measures to ensure that the passport is released to the former minister.

“It is very embarrassing to find out that the Attorney-General is actively involved in an effort to deny Mr Akwasi Osei-Adjei, an eminent citizen of the land, of his fundamental human right,” he told Joy News.

Story by Isaac Essel

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