The Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Martin Amidu, has denied ordering the police to arrest the Member of Parliament for Abuakwa South, Samuel Atta Akyea, for alleged stealing and breach of trust.
The police arrested the MP following a complaint by a contractor, Joseph Adom of the construction firm, J. Adom Limited, who is accusing the law maker of a series of dishonest acts, including defrauding him of ¢60,000.
Although Hon. Atta Akyea was released on a ¢100,000 bail with one surety, his colleague minority MPs condemned his arrest, accusing the Attorney General and the police of defying the constitutional provision that bars the arrest of an MP to and from Parliament.
Mr. Amidu told Citi News that he has no knowledge of the arrest and could not have ordered it since he was out of the country at the time.
“I have never ordered any policeman to arrest Atta Akyea and that is the truth of the matter. On the 12th of July, when this arrest was effected I was nowhere near the country.
“I was in Sydney, Australia on the 10th of July, attending a conference for law ministers. I had absolutely no idea what was going on because I was not at home”.
The Minister said based on his years of experience, he would observe the proper procedures if he were to order an arrest for the sake of posterity.
“I am so experienced that if I want to order the police to arrest, I would do it in writing, I won’t talk to them so that I can’t defend myself when there are some problems”
Source Citifmonline Ghana