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General News of Thursday, 24 January 2019

Source: Graphic.com.gh

Ayariga vows to contest Amidu over his call records

The Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga says he will challenge a court order directing Mobile Telecommunications Network (MTN) to provide his call records to the Special Prosecutor (SP), Martin Amidu.

The SP on January 22 secured a court order from an Accra Circuit Court for Mr Ayariga's call records of a conversation with an officer of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).

However, the MP in a statement says he has instructed his lawyers to challenge the said order.

According to Mr Ayariga, he will have handed his MTN call records to the SP if the request was made directly and not through an "over-broad order".

He said: "I, Mahama, Ayariga would have gladly personally handed my MTN call records to Mr Martin Amidu, if he had just asked me directly, so he will see that I have never placed a call to Mr Kwasi Gyimah-Asante’s phone. I still do not know who Kwasi Asante-Gyimah is.

"I, however, think that in the interest of developing clarity on the law protecting the privacy of the communication of Ghanaian citizens on mobile telecommunications platforms, and setting proper precedents, the breath of the court order should be subjected to legal scrutiny. I have therefore instructed my lawyers accordingly".

He also advised MTN to explore all legal avenues before releasing the phone records of their customer.

Below is Ayariga’s full statement:

I will contest Martin Amidu court order for my MTN call records – Mahama Ayariga

I, Mahama, Ayariga would have gladly personally handed my MTN call records to Mr Martin Amidu, if he had just asked me directly, so he will see that I have never placed a call to Mr Kwasi Gyimah-Asante’s phone. I still do not know who Kwasi Asante-Gyimah is.

I, however, think that in the interest of developing clarity on the law protecting the privacy of the communication of Ghanaian citizens on mobile telecommunications platforms, and setting proper precedents, the breath of the court order should be subjected to legal scrutiny. I have therefore instructed my lawyers accordingly.

I believe that MTN is properly advised not to hastily yield to this clearly over-broad order in the interest of their customers. MTN must be seen to exhaust all legal challenges.

Hon. Mahama Ayariga

MP, Bawku Central