The Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu constituency, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has described the punishment slapped on the 13 Delta Force members for escaping from court custody as not harsh enough to serve as deterrent to others.
“The court decision on the matter of their arrest is not harsh enough to serve as a deterrent. It would appear that it is just a slap on the wrist,’ he said.
He said the action by group has undermined the country’s democratic credentials.
“If you look at the fact this has never happened in our history and how their singular act has attracted so much negative international publicity and negative international attention which is undermining our democratic credentials and reducing our status in the comity of nations,” he told Citi News.
Mr Ablakwa argued that severest sanctions would have been issued if their actions had happened in other jurisdictions asking why the punishment was soft.
“I thought that the respective judges should have taken all of this into consideration because this is really akin to a jailbreak, and normally when these things happen in other jurisdictions, the severest of sanctions are issued,” he pointed out.
The 13 members of the group were fined GHC2,400 for escaping court custody when they were standing trial of assaulting the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator George Adjei.
They were aided by their colleagues to escape.
They will re-appear on April 20, 2017.