July 13, 2011

The Speaker of Parliament, Mrs Adeline Bamford Addo has confirmed that she ordered for the release of the Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa South, Mr Samuel Atta Akyea from the grips of the Police.

According to the Speaker, the arrest of the MP was a breech of parliamentary Act, quoting Article 22 of the Parliamentary Act, she said the speaker ought to be notified in such cases.

Mrs Bamford Addo noted on the floor of Parliament that she personally called the Inspector General of Police Mr Paul Tawiah Quaye to release the MP as she had not been informed prior to the arrest.

Mr Atta Akyea was yesterday July, 12, 2011arrested and charged with stealing and fraudulent breach of trust by the Commercial Crime Unit of the Ghana Police Service.

The MP who was arrested on the premises of the Accra High Court, where he was scheduled to be witness to a case pending before the court, was later granted bail in the sum of GH¢100,000 with one surety

According to police sources, Mr Akyea was arrested for his alleged role in the embezzlement of US$60,000 earmarked by J. Adom Company Limited for the purchase of a building situated in the Airport Residential Area in Accra.

The MP has however denied the charges.

Stoby by : Anita Yaa Boakye / ghanamps.gov.gh