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Delta Force 13 ‘lenient fine’ must not stand, NDC MP tells AG



A National Democratic Congress, NDC, Member of Parliament for Nkwanta North, John Oti Bless, has called on the Attorney General to immediately appeal the decision of a Kumasi Circuit Court to fine the 13 members of Delta Force who escaped from court during their trial.

The MP, who made the call in an interview with Citi News, insisted that the fine is both lenient and reeking of partisan considerations.

“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.

It would be recalled that the 13 Delta Force members were fined GHc2,400 each or in default spend three years in prison, and are to sign a bond of good behaviour and abide by the terms of the bond for a period of six months, or sent to jail.

Comparing the Delta Force 13 case to that of the Montie 3 case in 2016, when a recording emerged of him verbally attacking the Supreme Court on Montie FM’s ‘Pampaso’ programme, that saw the host of the show and two panelists sent to prison for contempt, the MP said: “We were in this country when I went on Montie FM to make some statements; my views as to what was happening in our judicial system and what didn’t you hear in this country? I was mashed like kenkey for one full month. I was bashed a whole lot.

“For the Montie 3, 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 offenses, even a three-day-old baby would disagree with this kind of ruling.”

Continuing, Oti Bless said danger lay ahead because of lax handing of the case.

“It has serious implications. It is going have a serious effect on this country as far as young people are concerned. What are we telling the young people? It means that we are now encouraging other people to take the law into their hands,” the MP argued.

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