An Accra Magistrates Court yesterday ordered the release of Daniel Asiedu, accused of murdering the Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North, from the custody of the Bureau of National Investigations to the police.
This follows an appeal by counsel for the accused, Augustine Obour, that his client should be remanded in police custody to avert the ill-treatment meted out to him, which constituted a violation of his human rights.
The prosecutor, Chief Superintendent Francis Baah, argued that the accused was being kept in the BNI custody for security reasons.
He added that they had concluded their investigations and would soon submit it to the Attorney-General for advice.
The court, presided over by Stephen Owusu, however, ruled that the accused’s continuous remand in BNI custody should be curtailed.
According to him, since the prosecution had ended its investigation, there was no need to keep the accused in BNI custody and consequently adjourned the case to May 4.
Surprisingly, when Daniel Asiedu was escorted to the waiting police car, he was exclaimed “I’m changed, no more bad”.
Lawyer for the accused since the inception of the case had, on a number of occasions pleaded for a change in the custody of his client who was being kept at the BNI cells, to either police or prison cells due to what he described as unfair treatment meted out to him.
Daniel Asiedu is facing a charge of murder after he confessed to the stabbing of the late MP at his residence, leading to his death.
By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme