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President Proposes New Look at Ghana’s Criminal Law

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has welcomed calls for the review of the country’s criminal law to meet, particularly, the trends of the 21st Century.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has welcomed calls for the review of the country’s criminal law to meet, particularly, the trends of the 21st Century.

 

According to the President, every call for the amendment of the said law is right in the sense that it would help in the development of the country.

President Akufo-Addo made this call when the relatives of the late Major Mahama paid a courtesy call on him at the Jubilee house yesterday.

The were there to thank him for all the support government had given them since Major Mahama was brutally lynched by some residents of Denkyiraa Obuasi in the Central Region.

Spokesperson of the family, Ahmed Zakaria Sakara, indicated that the process involved in the whole investigation with regards to the killing of Major Mahama must be re-looked at.

He said he found it worrying that though over forty people were initially linked to Major Mahama’s murder per video evidence, only fourteen of them were processed for court.

He explained, “for those who urged the killers on, we see them as guilty as the killers.”

Responding to the concerns, President Akufo-Addo noted that he supports the call because at the time of writing the code, “maybe there was no technology, but now there is, which means things have changed a lot.”

“You spoke about the age of technology which may not have been present at the time the criminal code was written… thus, it will make sense for the review of criminal law to take into account these developments in the evolution of our country and society,” the President said.

To this end, President Akufo-Addo proposed that the law be looked into again.

“So, I back hundred per cent the call you have made for the review of the criminal law, and those who are responsible for that exercise will hear from today not only your call, but my support for your call, and hopefully it will begin the process of a national dialogue which will result in the intervention of Parliament and make the necessary adjustments to our criminal code,” he remarked.