Lawyers for the three South Africans ex-policemen who were deported on Tuesday say they will file contempt charges against officials of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), it has been reported.
“Irrespective of the fact that they have deported our clients, we will still press for contempt of court charges,” Mr Samuel Atta-Akyea, one of the lawyers for the three told graphic.com.gh.
Mr Atta-Akyea told the website that the refusal of officials of the BNI to release the three retired South African police officers after the court had granted them bail amounted to “disregard of the court’s authority, which must not go unpunished.”
The three — Major Ahmed Shaik Hazis (retd), 54; Warrant Officer Denver Dwayhe, 33, and Captain Mlungiseli Jokani, 45 — were arrested at the EL-Capitano Hotel where they had been based since arriving in Ghana.
They were said to be training 15 young men in various security drills, including unarmed combat, weapon handling, VIP protection techniques and rapid response exercises.
Although an Accra Circuit Court granted them bail, the BNI still kept them in its custody before they were deported on Tuesday.
Condemning the deportation, Mr Atta-Akyea said the arrest and attempted prosecution of the three had been a “whole melodrama”.
“This is most embarrassing to our security set up because if they had confidence in their charges, they should have prosecuted them and not left them off the hook,” he said.
Mr Atta-Akyea, according to the report, said the objective of the men’s arrest in the first place was “to feed the NDC’s propaganda that the NPP is doing something untoward”.
He added that the deportation of the three was a mockery of Ghana’s democracy because what had transpired was an “international embarrassment”.