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General News of Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Source: citinewsroom.com

Lawyers set to sue over Modern Ghana journalist’s torture

Lawyers for the Modern Ghana journalists allegedly tortured by National Security personnel are preparing a civil suit against the security agency.

One of the lawyers, Samson Lardy Anyenini on the Citi Breakfast Show said “in due course, a process will be covered in respect of a civil process against the perpetrators of the illegal and unconstitutional and criminal conduct.”

Emmanuel Ajarfor, the Modern Ghana editor, was detained alongside a fellow journalist, Emmanuel Yeboah Britwum.

The two met with police on Tuesday in the company of their lawyers.

The case has been surrounded by controversy after suggestions that the arrest of the two journalists was tied to the publication of an article that criticized the National Security Minister, Albert Kan Dapaah.

Mr. Ajarfor later claimed he was tortured and his digital privacy violated while in National Security custody.

The National Security Council Secretariat has denied the torture claims and also intends to study the medical reports.



The secretariat in a statement said Mr. Ajarfor, “was never manhandled, neither was he subjected to any form of forced physical contact.”

But the claims of the two journalists have received public support with the Ghana Journalists Association calling for an independent probe of the torture allegations made against the National Security.