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Ghanaian Police Harassing Foreign Diplomats Under Covid-19 Lockdown

Ghanaian Police Harassing Foreign Diplomats Under Covid-19 Lockdown

By Melvin Tarlue

Foreign nationals and diplomats in Ghana especially those from the European Union are reportedly facing undue harassment from Ghanaian Police officers.

Diplomatic sources have exclusively told African Entertainment how diplomats are being harassed at every police checkpoint even though they have CC license plates.

Consuls are exempted from the two weeks partial lockdown of Accra, Kumasi and Tema due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

But a senior diplomatic source who has reportedly faced similar harassment has told African Entertainment that they are being harassed at every checkpoint.

“We, as consuls are exempted from lockdown. We have blue CC licence plates but are harrassed at almost every barrier because police think diplomatic license plates are only red,” the source bemoaned.

*Detention*

On Friday morning, April 3, diplomatic sources say a citizen of Lithuania, Andrius Kauspedas, was arrested by Ghana Police on the way to the airport to catch the last flight to Amsterdam organized by EU Delegation and Dutch Embassy.

The delegation

He was detained at Ashaiman Police Station, sources say.

“His passport was confiscated. The reason for detention was to extort the money. Mr. Andrius contacted numerous Ghana Police officials on the phone for help with no success,” a source told this portal.

Only after personal involvement of the Ambassador of the EU Delegation, Diana Acconcia, Mr. Andrius was released from police and almost missed his flight, sources say.

Check in at the airport

“Ghana Police didn’t return his passport that caused another issues at the airport. Also Mr. Andrius reports that he was stoped by Ghana Police numerous times during the week in Accra and Tema with only one reason, to give the bribe,” a source alleged.

The diplomats left Ghana onboard a KLM aircraft, a top diplomatic source says.

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