New Patriotic Party Sympathiser Fadi Daboussi, who was arrested last Friday by the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) has been released.
According to reports, the Ghanaian journalist and writer was granted a self-recognisance bail by the BNI.
Fadi Daboussi the author of “59 Years to Nowhere” and an ardent supporter of New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s flgbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo, was arrested on Friday at the Kotoka Airport after a trip from Lebanon. He was arrested for allegedly publishing a book said to contain offensive comments about President John Mahama.
The arrest of Fadi Daboussi came after President Mahama addressed the UN General Assembly on Wednesday in which he called on European leaders to stop meddling in the democracy of African countries.
According to his lawyer, Hassan Tampuli, the journalist was driven to the BNI following his arrest, after which his home was ransacked and the books, taken.
His arrest caused massive agitation among NPP supporters. His lawyer had also reported that he was denied access to his client at the Bureau, leading to the emergence of a protest group “Ghana Most Know”, the group had threatened to occupy BNI if it failed to release Mr. Daboussi by midnight.
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Though the journalist has been released, the group says the BNI has not been exonerated from such avoidable abuse of power and breach of fundamental human rights of people.
The President has also been criticised by a section of Ghanaians who believe he had a hand in the arrest, lamenting that the arrest of Daboussi could mark the end of free expression in the country.
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We have taken notice of the release of Mr Fadi Dabbousi from BNI cells a short while ago, earlier than the midnight ultimatum we gave to the Bureau of National Investigation.
Whilst it is good to hear, it does not exonerate the BNI from such avoidable abuse of power and breach of fundamental human rights of people.
The BNI has a lot to learn, that is if they have not deliberately refused to acquaint themselves with proper legal procedures, rule of law and dignity for the rights of people.
We thank all and sundry for the readiness you showed to mass up at the headquarters of the BNI should they have not released him.
God bless you all.