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POLICE MEDICAL REPORT SQUASHES MODERNGHANA TORTURE CLAIMS

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Credible information seen by the Daily Statesman states that a medical examination conducted on Emmanuel Ajarfor Abugri, an editor of the online news portal ModernGhana, has confirmed that he was not tortured by National Security operatives while in their custody as he claimed.

Credible information seen by the Daily Statesman states that a medical examination conducted on Emmanuel Ajarfor Abugri, an editor of the online news portal ModernGhana, has confirmed that he was not tortured by National Security operatives while in their custody as he claimed.

The medical examination was carried out by doctors at the Police Hospital in Accra.

His colleague Emmanuel Britwum also says categorically that he was not harmed in any way.

Messrs Abugri and Britwum were arrested after National Security operatives closed in on them to investigate alleged cybercrime activity.

Mr Abugri has claimed on various media platforms that he was tortured while in the custody of National Security.

Doctors’ findings

After Mr Abugri made the claim, the National Security Secretariat issued a statement announcing that it had referred him to hospital for a medical examination which would ascertain the truth of his claim or otherwise.

The Daily Statesman can confirm that a report from the Police Hospital, where the examination was carried out, shows that the journalist was not assaulted in any way.

Doctors however found what they say appeared to be a mosquito bite on his body. What cannot be confirmed is whether or not the bite was inflicted while he was in custody.

Denial

The National Security Secretariat had denied outright the claims of torture made against it by the journalist.

In its statement, the secretariat said it was “confident that the results of the medical examination will present the truth in the matter so as to inform the appropriate steps to be taken”.

The July 1 statement said emphatically that the two journalists had been arrested in connection with suspected cybercrime activity and the security service took strong exception to the claims of torture.

“The secretariat takes a very serious view of these claims, and wishes to state in no uncertain terms that these allegations are false,” the secretariat said.