Supreme Court gives AG 7 days to respond to Ghana-US military agreement suit

Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo

The Supreme Court has asked the Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo to file her written response to the suit challenging Ghana’s defense cooperation agreement with the United States of America in seven days.

Ghana’s defence agreement with the US is to allow US military and civilian personnel access to certain facilities in Ghana and provide them privileges, exemptions and immunities equivalent to those accorded to the administrative and technical staff of diplomatic missions under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of April 18, 1961.

Ghana is expected to benefit from aid package amounting to $20million from the USA in the areas of training and grant.

But the Ashanti Regional Youth Organiser of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Yaw Brogya Genfi thinks that was a bad deal for Ghana.

He has subsequently gone to the Supreme Court asking that the agreement should be nullified, as the ratification by Parliament, in his opinion, is unconstitutional.

His argument is that, the agreement is invalid because the President of Ghana failed to execute the agreement as prescribed by Article 75 of the 1992 Constitution before sending it to Parliament for ratification.

The writ filed on Monday, March 26, 2018 has the Attorney General Gloria Akuffo and Defence Minister Dominic Nitiwul as the first and second defendants.

According to Mr Genfi, the two government appointees breached several laws in their bid to have the controversial Ghana-US military agreement ratified.

A Principal State Attorney who represented the AG in court on Thursday applied for an extension of time to enable the AG file a response.


Source: Graphic.com.gh

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