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CJ avails 14 courts to deal with 'galamsey'

Government's efforts to combat illegal mining activities in the country has received support from the judiciary with the Chief Justice designating  14 special courts to deal with all mining related offences committed under the Minerals and Mining Act, Act 703.

Raymond Sowah appointed MD of GCB bank

The Board of Directors of GCB Bank Limited (GCB) has appointed Mr Anselm Raymond Sowah, a  banker and lawyer, as the Managing Director of the Bank.

Supreme Court grants amendment in GLC writ

The Supreme Court has given the go ahead to a United State based Ghanaian lawyer Professor Stephen Kweku Asare to amend a writ he had filed against the General Legal Council (GLC).

Delta force saga: Court ruling lenient -Okudzeto

The Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has described the punishment issued by a Kumasi Circuit Court to the 13 Delta Force members for escaping from police custody as lenient.

W/R: Police brutalizes a cripple, arrest 50

Some alleged six police officers have brutalised a cripple in a small fishing community called Ekpu near Half Assini in the Western Region.

Reports according ClassFMonline, the brutality occurred on Tuesday, 11 April when about 300 officers stormed the town Half Assini to conduct a swoop.

Narrating the incident, a resident of the area said officers stormed the area with water cannons, truncheons, tear gas, and guns.

He said they were “beating every young person they see, irrespective of who you are, they arrest you and beat you up”, adding: “Right before my eyes, six of them were beating a cripple, a disabled person who was sitting in a wheelchair; in fact they threw his wheelchair away, he was lying on the floor, they were holding sticks, batons and other weapons and they were beating him on the floor.”

Another resident, Stephen Tetteh, who confirmed the assault on the disabled man said the raid could be linked to an earlier attack on a police station in the area by the youth following the death of a young man who was in police custody after being arrested for alleged theft.

The angry youth vandalised the police station and attacked the only officer who was on duty at the time.
According to Stephen Tetteh, the baton-wielding officers, led by the Western Regional Police Commander, indiscriminately beat residents, thus throwing the entire locality into a frenzy.

Assemblyman for the area, Peter Miezah, described the situation as a horrifying one saying such a police raid had never happened in the small community.

Meanwhile, the police command has denied beating up any residents. The command said 50 suspects were rounded up in the swoop.