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Crime & Punishment of Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Source: GNA

Women can bail suspects - ASP Quaye

Winneba(CR), Feb. 19, GNA - Winneba District Police Commander Assistant Superintendent of Police Jordan Quaye has appealed to women in the district prepared to satisfy legal terms governing sureties to come forward to bail suspects.

He said there was no law that banned women from bailing suspects at police stations but rather women were not prepared to bail suspects because of its implications. ASP Quaye made the appeal in an interview with Ghana News Agency at Winneba.

He explained that the law required anyone who stood surety for a suspect to pay twice the bond when the suspect absconds and most women were not prepared to face the consequence.

ASP Quaye said no money should be paid before a suspect was granted bail, adding "any official payment to the police requires an official receipt, without which it is corrupting a public officer". He pointed out that monetary bargain over bail was criminal and such acts should be reported to Superior Officers. "The Ghana Police Service is not a business-oriented enterprise that bargains with the public for services rendered," he added. ASP Quaye said suspects should not be detained for more than 48 hours as stipulated by law. 19 Feb. 08

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