The Kaneshie District Court has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Madina, Mr. Francis-Xavier Sosu.
This was after the MP, who has been provisionally charged for unlawfully blocking a public road and the destruction of public property, failed to appear in court for the third straight.
The court presided over by Oheneba Kufuor issued the bench warrant following a prayer by the prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Sylvester Asare.
When the case was called today, (Nov 29), counsel for the legislator, Mr. Victor Adawudu, notified the court of a motion on notice challenging the court’s jurisdiction to hear the case.
Again, the counsel said his client was absent because he was part of the parliamentary committee LQBTQI+ bill and was engaged in parliament.
The prosecutor prayed the court to issue a bench warrant adding: “He (MP) has a clear intention and has demonstrated that this court cannot procure his attendance and it amounts to disrespect to this court.
“I have been ambushed by this process and this even confirm by this application that he will not appear”, ASP Asare said.
Mr. Adawudu stressed that the absence of his client was not deliberate as he (MP) had to attend to the business of parliament.
The court, in upholding the prosecution’s prayer to issue the bench warrant said there was too much deception in the system.
The presiding judge issued the bench warrant and adjourned the case to January 12, 2022.