Court withdraws bench warrant for arrest of Madina MP

Mr. Sosu was to answer to criminal charges levelled against him by the Ghana Police Service.

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The Kaneshie District Court has withdrawn the bench warrant which it issued, for the arrest of the Madina Member of Parliament, Francis Xavier Sosu.

This follows two actions the MP filed at the High Court for Stay of Execution and for an order setting aside the Bench Warrant issued by the Kaneshie Court on November 29, 2021.

The MP is also said to have attended court on Wednesday, December 1, in the company of Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, former Deputy Attorney General, Dr Dominic Ayine, MP for Odododiodoo, Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, Ranking Member on Parliament’s Defence and Interior Committee, James Agalga, Techiman MP, Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare, among others.

The case has been adjourned to January 12, 2022.

Mr. Sosu, who has constantly maintained that he has done nothing wrong failed to show up in court for a third time, on November 29, after which the bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

His lawyer had told the court the MP was involved in work for the Constitutional, Legal, and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, which was sitting for public hearings of the anti-LGBTQ bill.

Mr. Sosu was to answer to criminal charges levelled against him by the Ghana Police Service.

The Ghana Police Service had secured a criminal summons for the Madina MP to appear in court on November 8, 2021.

He has been charged with “obstructing public highway and causing damage to public property” after he led a demonstration in his constituency, to protest the bad state of roads.

The MP, after the incident, made an official report to the Speaker of Parliament regarding his attempted arrest by the Ghana Police Service during the said demonstration.

Afterward, the Speaker of Parliament in a letter signed by the Deputy Director of Legal Services of Parliament declined an invitation by the police to release the Madina MP for interrogation on his role in the said demonstration.

Notwithstanding, on Sunday, October 31, 2021, there were reports that two police personnel had attempted for the second time to arrest the MP during his visit to a church in his constituency.

The Police Service however denied the allegation in a statement indicating that any plane clothed Police personnel found on the premises of the church were there for intelligence purposes.

Later in the evening, another statement by the Ghana Police Service conveyed the message of the interdiction of the bodyguard of the Madina MP, Inspector Daniel Agbavor for alleged misconduct.

“He is alleged to have recklessly driven into a crowd after a protest last Monday, October 25, 2021, in the Madina Constituency, directly endangering the lives of the Senior Officers and other civilians,” the statement read in part.