Martin Amidu, a former Special Prosecutor, has called the government’s reasoning for detaining the chief convener of the #FixTheCountry Movement for almost 48 hours following his arrest on February 11, 2022, “lame and meaningless.”
Oliver Barker-Vormawor was arrested on February 11, 2022, but was not brought before the Ashaiman District Court until Monday, February 14, indicating that he had been held for more than 48 hours by the police.
According to the police, they attempted to contact the Chief Justice between February 12 and 13, expecting to get a court to hear the case, but all efforts were ineffective, resulting in Barker’s arrest for more than 48 hours.
Martin Amidu, reacting to the situation, called the police’s rationale “lame” and “frivolous.”
According to him, the police behaved illegally and in violation of Article 14 (3) (b) of the 1992 constitution.
On his initial charge of offensive conduct conducive to breaches of the peace, the former Deputy Attorney General explained that the Police did not need the Chief Justice or a court to exercise discretion to grant him police enquiry bail once they had taken his statement and he had exercised his right to a lawyer of his choice.
“On the other hand, if the government and the police had received additional information and facts with which they reasonably changed grounds for Mr Barker-continued Vormawor’s arrest, restriction, or detention without informing him of the changed reasons and his right to a lawyer of his choice, the contention that he was not brought before a court within forty-eight hours of his original arrest or detention because there was no court during the weekend is void,” he writes.
Martin Amidu has also expressed his opposition to the charge of treason leveled against the Social Activist.
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