‘Call For Gyan’s Arrest Is Absurd’

Gyn2A lawyer and Advocate of Democracy and Human Rights, Mr. Mathias Kwasi Yakah says calls for the arrest of Black Stars’ Skipper, Asamoah Gyan over the disappearance of popular Musician Theophilus Tagoe (Castro) and his female companion, Janet Bandu on July 6, is “absurd”.

According to him, no crime has been alleged nor established in the incident where the two went missing while jet skiing at the Ada Estuary.

“Therefore calling for Gyan’s arrest when he was not on the sea and has neither “been implicated nor complicated in any suspicion of foul play in the tragedy” is misplaced.

The Human Rights lawyer’s response was in sharp contrast to an opinion expressed by another legal brain, Dr. Maurice Ampaw who demanded the arrest of the Black Stars skipper.

“Naturally, Dr. Maurice Ampaw should have waited for the arrest of Asamoah Gyan and then criticize it because it is an illegality and unwarranted. But on the contrary, he is among those calling for his arrest. On what grounds he is doing so, only God knows.”

Dr. Ampaw had urged the Police to arrest the Black Stars’ Skipper and everybody who accompanied them to the place to assist in investigations to ascertain the truth concerning the whereabouts of Castro because their explanations do not sound well.

“If Ghana was a serious nation, we wouldn’t have allowed Marine Police to go and have fun on the sea, with the intention of searching for Castro’s body.

Then Asamoah Gyan also picked a boat saying he was going to search for Castro, these will not happen in a serious country” Dr. Ampaw is reported to have said.

But Mr. Yakah said there have been a myriad of accidental and tragic drowning all over the world involving celebrities and ordinary persons and there is always some cooperation between the police and the general public in rescue operations or search expeditions, all with the objective of finding the lost.

He said Dr. Ampaw’s call is not only “provocative, groundless, and outrageous but is patently ludicrous and has the incontrovertible propensity to put Asamoah Gyan in a false light or to disparage him in the eyes of reasonable and right thinking members of society.”

Mr. Yakah said this is an unjustified intrusion into the privacy of the football superstar and celebrity by putting him in a false light and such reckless comments forms a basis for a cause of action in law “and believe it or not Dr. Ampaw can be held liable in a court of law for the damage caused to the reputation of Asamoah Gyan”

Mr. Yakah advised all members of the public to allow the Police to do its job and instead of passing comments that will be hurt or annoy the family and friends of the victims or persons who travelled with Castro and Janet before the incident, they should rather assist the Police to find the missing persons.

From Dzifa Emma Tetteh, Tema

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