I’II not honour your invitation-NDC Chair to CID


Lawyers for National Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has written to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) saying Mr. Samuel Ofosu Ampofo would not honour the invitation extended to him.

The letter which was issued by Law Offices of Ayine and Felli said: “Having carefully reviewed your letter against the background of the ongoing prosecution of our client, we are unable to resist the conclusion that your invitation and so-called investigations into kidnapping, arson, and other crimes is collateral to the on-going criminal trial, and that its purpose is partly to prejudice our client’s defense.

” Further, our client views the letter of invitation as reflective of an undeniable pattern of political harassment and intimidation which violates his fundamental human rights, particularly his constitutional rights to personal dignity and political association that is devoid of intimidation and harassment, ” it said.

Read the letter below

LAW OFFICES OF AYINE AND FELLI
May 9, 2019
The Director-General
Criminal Investigation Department
Ghana Police Service
Police Headquarters
Accra
RE: LETTER OF INVITATION

We act as lawyers for Mr. Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, the National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (N DC) and have his instructions to respond to your letter dated May 7, 2019, and referenced CID/AR.125/2019/34.

It is common knowledge that our client and one other person are currently the subjects of criminal proceedings in the court in Criminal Case Number CR0385/2019 intituled The Republic v. Samuel Ofosu Ampofo & Anthony Kwaku Boahen. The charges against them arose out of investigations your office claims to have undertaken into certain voice recordings after the violence-ridden Ayawaso West Wuogon bye-elections. You would recall that when your office claimed to have “intercepted” a tape, our client, upon honouring your invitation, was arrested and interrogated for several hours by your investigators on suspicion of having committed the offense of kidnapping, among others. Realizing that the statements contained in the unconstitutionally obtained tape could not sustain the charge of kidnapping against our client, your office immediately dropped that charge.

Having carefully reviewed your letter against the background of the ongoing prosecution of our client, we are unable to resist the conclusion that your invitation and so-called investigations into kidnapping, arson, and other crimes are collateral to the on-going criminal trial, and that its purpose is partly to prejudice our client’s defense.

Further, our client views the letter of invitation as reflective of an undeniable pattern of political harassment and intimidation which violates his fundamental human rights, particularly his constitutional rights to personal dignity and political association that is devoid of intimidation and harassment.

On our part, while we appreciate that every citizen has a constitutional duty to assist law enforcement agencies in the discharge of their mandate, our considered view is that the current invitation constitutes a gross abuse of the investigative and prosecutorial powers of the police as a public institution. We take the respectful view that since our client
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is not under arrest for the alleged offenses, he is legally entitled to decline your invitation. We have therefore advised him accordingly.
Finally, our client has instructed us to make it abundantly clear to you, which we hereby do, that he is a politician, and as the National Chairman of National Democratic Congress, the largest opposition party in the country, he and his party leadership and members cannot help but notice the failing security situation in the country since the present government took office. Your invitation, its tone, and insinuations is simply an attempt to “pass the buck”, and shift the blame over the increasing inability of the security agencies, including your outfit, to manage and control the failures of security and the governance structures of the country as a whole. Looking for scape-goats would not improve the situation. Accept, Madam Director-General, the assurances of our highest consideration.
Yours sincerely,

Cc: The Inspector General of Police
Ghana Police Service
Cantonments – Accra
Mr. Baffour Apenteng Nyamekye
CID Headquarters
Cantonments – Accra
Samuel Ofosu Ampofo National Chairman
National Democratic Congress
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