The Minority in Parliament is demanding government action within the alleged abduction and disappearance of Mahran Mustapha Baajour, a Lebanese businessman.
In a promulgation Sunday and signed by the Ranking Member on Foreign Affairs, prophet Okudzeto Ablakwa, aforementioned the Akufo-Addo-led regime ought to act in an accountable manner as is predicted of democratic states.
The Minority demands government to break its unhelpful silence over the kidnapping and disappearance of Mahran Mustapha Baajour.
“The Minority is dependably privy that immediately after inward at the Kotoka International airport on december 13, 2018, Mahran Mustapha Baajour and his 2 ghanaian hosts who welcome him at the airport were arrested at the precincts of the airport simply once they were about departing in their Toyota salon vehicle with identification number GN 6126 – 15 by persons claiming to be operatives of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI).
“After all 3 were unbroken in detention for 6 days in violation of ghanaian law, our understanding is that Mahran’s 2 hosts, one Razak Abdul and another were then discharged as free men whereas Mahran was kept in detention. this is often the reason Mahran’s family and officials from his country are having a hard time believing denials and claims of innocence by ghanaian government officials they need contacted,” the Minority alleges.
The Minority desires government to “be awake to the implications of this whole abduction affair particularly on our peacekeeping troops in lebanon if the matter in issue continues to be handled so rottenly.”
Below is the statement:
Akufo-Addo’s government handling of Mahran Mustapha Baajour’s abduction affair repugnant
The Minority in Ghana’s Parliament demands that the Akuffo-Addo led Government acts in an accountable manner as is expected of democratic States and a further demand that it breaks its unhelpful silence over the abduction and disappearance of Mahran Mustapha Baajour.
Mahran Mustapha Baajour, 39, is a Lebanese businessman of Palestinian origin who arrived in ghana from lebanon on a business visit on the 13th of december, 2018 and has since not been seen in public.
The Minority is reliably informed that immediately when arriving at the Kotoka International airport on December 13, 2018, Mahran Mustapha Baajour and his 2 Ghanian hosts who welcome him at the airport were arrested at the precincts of the airport just when they were about departing in their Toyota salon vehicle with registration number GN 6126 – 15 by persons claiming to be operatives of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI).
After all 3 were kept in detention for 6 days in violation of ghanaian law, our understanding is that Mahran’s 2 hosts, one Razak Abdul and another were then released as free men whereas Mahran was kept in detention. this is often the reason Mahran’s family and officials from his country are having a tough time believing denials and claims of innocence by ghanaian government officials they have contacted.
This despicable human rights violation is stirring considerable unease in diplomatic circles with Ghana’s image as a stable democratic State that upholds human rights and respects the rule of law clearly on the road.
Mahran Mustapha Baajour’s three-month-old abduction has already light-emitting diode to major protests in beirut, lebanon wherever petitions are presented to that nation’s President and the Speaker of their Parliament.
Our monitoring of international media together with Al-Jazeera that has already broadcasted 2 stories on this matter confirms that another petition demanding the release of Mahran addressed to the ghanaian Government has been given to our diplomat Officer in lebanon wherever another protest was staged with protesters carrying banners which read: “Mahran is in your prisons.”
The Minority that continues to follow this matter with keen interest has acquire any data inform to an escalation of protests by Lebanese nationals and human rights activists across the world against the ghanaian Government. Indeed, protests are scheduled to require place at Ghana’s embassy in Washington, D.C. within the us of America later in the week.
Undoubtedly, this worrying development doesn’t prognosticate well for Ghana’s image within the concord of nations.
We should even be awake to the implications of this whole abduction affair particularly on our peacekeeping troops in lebanon if the matter in issue continues to be handled therefore rottenly.
Despite the Minority’s varied behind the scenes interventions urging Government to publically state it’s claimed innocence and be seen to be plainly operating to resolve the mystery; the continual silence of the Akufo-Addo led Government for over 3 months even within the face of many native and international press reports as matters degenerate and as anxiety rises to excitation is most reckless and unacceptable, to mention the smallest amount.
This uninspiring conduct by this Government is, sadly, supply many suspicions in varied quarters while our international image continues to require a plunk in recent times following the unresolved assassination of secret journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale and therefore the disgraceful bloody Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election, each of that attracted wide international condemnation.
The Minority, therefore, demands that the Akufo-Addo Administration that is responsible of the territorial security of ghana and which is being held responsible by the growing variety of protesters, takes pressing steps to assure the family of Mahran Mustapha Baajour – who we note sadly lost his mum last week, the people of lebanon and therefore the entire international community that ghana won’t slide into a state of lawlessness neither can we become a haven for human rights abuses perpetrated by anonymous persons acting within the name of the State.
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa (MP)
Ranking Member, Committee on Foreign Affairs.