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Madina MP to be forcibly put before court

A bench warrant has been issued for the arrest of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for Madina, Francis Xavier Sosu for failing to appear in court to answer criminal charges preferred against him.

The Kaneshie District Court, presided over by Oheneba Kufuor, gave the order after the MP has for the third time (Nov 8, Nov. 16 and Nov 29) failed to show appearance in court.

Xavier Sosu has been charged with blocking a public road and destruction of public property during a protest he led in his constituency.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Sylvester Asare, made a plea to the court to give the green light to the police to arrest the MP, when it became apparent that he was not going to be in court to stand trial for his alleged criminal acts and this was granted.

The counsel for the MP, Victor Kwadjoga Adawudu, had earlier informed the court of a motion on notice filed by his client, Xavier Sosu, challenging the court’s jurisdiction to hear the case.

He also told the court that the MP was engaged in Parliament.

This brought ASP Asare to his feet, telling the court that the MP’s intention was clear, and it was that he was not going to appear before the court, something he said was a disrespect to the court.

The trial judge observed that there was too much deception in the system. The case has now been fixed for January 12, next year.

The MP led the people in his constituency to protest over the bad roads in the area, during which a public road was alleged to have been blocked and public property destroyed.

This was on October 25 and ever since, the police have been doing everything to arrest and get the MP to answer criminal charges.

They wrote to the Speaker of Parliament to be allowed to interrogate Xavier Sosu but this was declined.

The MP has been citing parliamentary privileges and immunity, something that has sent some concerned Ghanaians to the Supreme Court, seeking a definitive pronouncement by apex court.

The Speaker’s decision not to allow the MP to be interrogated by the police has been criticized by the majority side in parliament, who insist that there should not be separate laws for MPs and the people, they are representing.

The minority side in parliament, however, sees things differently and they have accused the majority of attempting to undermine the authority of the Speaker of Parliament.

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