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Ghana: 1) Information on evidence of harassment/persecution of gun dealers in Ghana and whether there have been accusations of supplying guns to coup plotters; 2) Information about the authority that has jurisdiction to prosecute such offenses: Bureau of National Investigation (BNI), Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDRs) or CDO; 3) Information about the realm of responsibility of the BNI

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 November 1991
Citation / Document Symbol GHA9606
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Ghana: 1) Information on evidence of harassment/persecution of gun dealers in Ghana and whether there have been accusations of supplying guns to coup plotters; 2) Information about the authority that has jurisdiction to prosecute such offenses: Bureau of National Investigation (BNI), Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDRs) or CDO; 3) Information about the realm of responsibility of the BNI, 1 November 1991, GHA9606, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ac78a6.html [accessed 24 July 2014]
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arbitrary arrest and detention; Ghana

1)             For information on gun smuggling please refer to previous responses to information requests NGA8111 and GHA9470 available at your documentation centre.

2)             The mandate and role of the Committees for the Defence of the Revolution (CDRs) and the Civil Defense Organisation (CDO) are spelt out in the IRBDC Question and Answer Series paper entitled "What are Committees for the Defence of the Revolution (CDRs) and the Civil Defense Organisation (CDO) in Ghana?." Please refer to this Q&A Series paper available at your documentation centre.

3)             According to an article published in West Africa (25-31 March 1991), the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) is reported to be an organisation of agents of the state security police. This source states that the deputy national secretary of the Movement for Peace and Justice (MFJ), Mr. Kwesi Pratt, was harassed by the BNI on his return to Ghana from London. West Africa (3-9 June, 1991) further reports on the detention of

Mr. Pratt and another official of the MFJ by agents of the BNI. According to Africa Events (March/April 1988), agents of the BNI "can hold people without trial indefinitely on grounds of national security." A doctoral student at Carleton University stated in a personal interview with the IRBDC (4 Nov. 1991) that to the best of his knowledge, the BNI is never called National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). For further details about this subject, please refer to the attached reports.

 Bibliography

West Africa [London]. 25-31 March 1991. "Pratt Questioned and Released."

West Africa [London]. 3-9 June 1991. "MFJ Leaders Detained and Released."

Africa Events [London]. March/April 1988. "Ghana: They Come at Midnight."

Carleton University. 4 November 1991. Personal Interview with Doctoral Student.

                 Attachments

West Africa [London]. 25-31 March 1991. "Pratt Questioned and Released."

West Africa [London]. 3-9 June 1991. "MFJ Leaders Detained and Released."

Africa Events [London]. March/April 1988. "Ghana: They Come at Midnight."

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