Minority slams Govt over denial of Lebanese Businessman Abduction

The Minority National Democratic Congress (NDC) lawmakers in Parliament has slammed the ruling government for attempting to deny that a Lebanese businessman was kidnapped in Ghana under the watch of authorities.

Earlier this week, the Minority in Parliament demanded the Akufo-Addo Government to answer questions about the whereabouts of Mahran Mustapha Baajour, a 39-year-old Lebanese businessman who mysteriously disappeared after he was arrested by the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI).

Mahran Mustapha Baajour, 39, who is also of Palestinian extraction, arrived in Ghana from Lebanon on a business visit on the 13th of December, 2018 and has since not been seen in public after what appears to be a State sponsored abduction.

However, a member of the Majority in Parliament responsible for the Foreign Affairs Committee issued a statement denying the governments knowledge of the reported abduction.

A statement released Tuesday by Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa of the Minority representative on the Foreign Affairs committee described the denial as ignominious and undignified.

The statement by a member of the Majority side of the Committee on Foreign Affairs seeking in a most pathetic effort to deny the obvious abduction and disappearance of Mahran Mustapha Baajour, a Lebanese businessman who arrived in Ghana on 13th December, 2018.We note that the desperate statement which lacked any modicum of morality and truth was signed by Rev. John Ntim Fordjour.”

For the avoidance of doubt, the Minority in Parliament firmly stands by all the facts as presented in our release of 24th March 2019 as they remain the incontrovertible and unimpeachable truth.Perhaps even stranger is Government’s continuous silence in the face of protests in Lebanon accusing Government of the abduction several days before the Minority’s statement, Okudzeto stated.

According to the Minority lawmakers, the family of the abducted Lebanese had since the 19th of January, 2019 instructed their lawyer, Roberts Ekor Dassah Esq. to commence legal action in an Accra High Court seeking to get the Human Rights Court 1 to compel Government to produce Mahran Mustapha Baajour.

According to the Minority, it is reliably informed that the victim had been picked up by the BNI immediately after arriving at the Kotoka International Airport on 13th December 2018. He apparently had been picked up together with his two Ghanaian hosts who welcomed him at the airport just when they were about departing in their Toyota salon vehicle with registration number GN 6126 – 15 by persons claiming to be operatives BNI.

After all three were kept in detention for six days in violation of Ghanaian law, our understanding is that Mahran’s two hosts, one Razak Abdul and another were then released as free men while Mahran was kept in detention. This is the reason Mahran’s family and officials from his country are having a hard time believing denials and claims of innocence by Ghanaian Government officials they have contacted, the Minority had said in their earlier statement.

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