Wednesday, 29 September 2010
Human Rights Court in Accra resolves land dispute
The Human Rights Court in Accra has thrown out a legal objection raised by National Security Co-ordinator Lt Col Gbevlo Lartey (Rtd) in a case in which Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, the MP for Weija, is seeking to enforce her fundamental human rights under the 1992 Constitution. Lartey has been trying to get Botchway's case thrown out of court.
The NPP MP, who was a deputy minister under former president Kufuor, is battling the ruling NDC government in the law courts for the ownership of land she acquired at Ridge in Accra in 2007. She has jointly sued Brigadier General Joseph Nunoo Mensah (Rtd), Lartey, and the Attorney-General, claiming that the first two defendants are using security operatives to take the land which she has started developing. Mensah and Lartey argue that the land belongs to the state.
She said she reported the matter to the Director General of the Criminal Investigations Department on 16th April 2010. As a result, she sought "a declaration that the respondents' interference with her right to develop, use and enjoy her land is wrong and an unlawful interference with her right to property, and constitutes a violation of her fundamental human rights."
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