8 January 2013

Ghana: Court Restrains Young Patriots From Demonstrating On Jan 8

The Accra Circuit Court Monday ordered the members of the Young Patriots of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to refrain from carrying out their intended demonstration scheduled for Tuesday, January 8, 2013.

The court, presided over by Mrs Naa Adoley Azu, A High Court judge, sitting as an additional Circuit Court judge, further ordered that the event be postponed to a date beyond January 9, 2013.

The decision of the court is to allow the deployed police personnel to complete their assigned functions related to the inauguration of President John Dramani Mahama.

It is also to allow the police to perform their functions of keeping the peace during demonstrations in the interest of public safety and security.

According to the Accra Regional Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Freeman Tettey, the leadership of the group had been duely served with the notice.

Mr Tetty explained that the group wrote to the police to seek their assistance to allow them to go on a demonstration soon after the inauguration of the President.

DSP Tettey indicated that the police held series of meeting with the group and impressed on them to cancel their intended demonstration as police personnel deployed for the inaugural ceremony would still be at post even after the event.

He said despite several interactions, the leaders of the group insisted that they would go on the demonstration with or without the support of the police.

The decision of the group compelled the police to go to court to obtain a restraining order.

The Public Relations Officer said that should the group go against the ruling; the police would employ every lawful means to stop the members from demonstrating.

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