The Kaneshie District Court has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the Member of Parliament (MP) for Madina Francis-Xavier Sosu.
It comes after the Madina MP failed to appear in court for the third consecutive time.
Counsel for the MP, Victor Kwadjoga Adawudu on Monday ( 29 November) told the court his client was not in court because he is a member of the Constitutional and Legal Committee of Parliament which is currently sitting on the anti-LGBTQ bill.
Police Prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Sylvester Asare, argued that, the conduct of the MP clearly points to the fact that he is unwilling to make himself available to stand trial.
Relying on Sections 167 of Act 30, ASP Asare, prayed the court to issue a bench warrant for the arrest of the lawmaker to compel him to attend court.
Magistrate Oheneba Kuffour’s court in granting the prayer for a bench warrant to issue, said there has been several theories of “deception” that have been propounded concerning this case and same must end.
The court therefore issued the bench warrant and adjourned sitting to January 12, 2022.
On 16 November , the Madina MP, Francis-Xavier Sosu, missed court for the second time in a row at the Kaneshie District Court forcing the judge to adjourn sitting to 29 November 2021.
The police have filed charges against Sosu over “unlawful road blockade and destruction of public property” during a demonstration in his constituency.
The lawyer representing the accused person, Victor Kwadjoga Adawudu, told the court on Tuesday 16 November 2021 that his client pursuant to a letter from the Speaker of Parliament served on the court at the last sitting, is still out of the country and is expected to return in one week.
He, therefore, prayed the court to adjourn sitting to 29 November, by which time, he is certain his client would have returned to the jurisdiction.
ASP Sylvester Asare who represented the police told Magistrate Oheneba Kufuor that the police have not received any communication to indicate the inability of the accused person to attend court.