Ghana cabinet approves anti-terrorism amendment law

The Ghanaian cabinet has approved the anti-terrorism amendment law and forwarded the same to the Parliament.
Deputy Minister of Information and Media Relations, Ibrahim Mohammed, made this known during a media briefing in Accra.
He said the amendment was necessary following increased threat of terrorists attacks in the country.
The minister further said that the law when operational would enable the country have the powers to punish groups and individuals involved in terrorism.
“Currently, Ghana cannot punish or freeze the accounts of groups or persons engaged in terrorism without first referring to the UN Security Council Laws.
“The passage of this amendment after parliament?s approval will enable Ghana as a state to punish groups and individuals found culpable in the menace,?? he said. He said apart from domesticating the law, the amended portion would also empower the courts to give stiffer punishment to those engaged in the practice.
Mohammed further stated that Ghana?s Whistle Blowers Act would be extended to politicians and public office holders to also enable them to check the activities of private sector operators.
“Whenever we talk of transparency and accountability, the focus has always been on public officials and politicians, forgetting that the private sector is also corrupt,?? he said.

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