Wa High Court Allows Bail for Two Remand Prisoners

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A Wa High Court presided over by Justice Kwasi Boakye has granted bail to two persons who have been on remand for between 17 and 19 months without prosecution and legal representation.

As part of the condition, the two, who had been on remand in the Upper West Central Prison, were granted the bail in the sum of GH¢10,000.00 each with two sureties each.

They are also to report to the Police every Monday beginning from 18th March 2019.

The bail came about through an application filed by the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) in Wa.

Mr Siddique Ubeidu, the Upper West Regional Director of CHRAJ, told the Ghana News Agency that the commission acted in accordance with Article 218 (D) (III) and 229 of the 1992 constitution.

He said these Articles mandates the Commissioner to bring an application before any court for a remedy to secure the termination of any offending action or conduct that violated the fundamental human rights of any person.

Mr Ubeidu said the Commission led a team of investigators to the Wa Central Prisons as part of its routine exercise of inspecting detention centres and situation of remand prisoners countrywide.

He said the prisoners then made verbal complaints to the Commission which then went to the court to seek termination of their continuous detention.

Mr Ubeidu said the exercise apart from ensuring that the fundamental human rights of prisoners are not violated it will also help decongest the prisons.

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