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Lawyer furious over verbal abuse in the media

By
Afedzi Abdullah/ Isaac Arkoh, GNA

Cape Coast, June 19,
GNA – Mr George Bernard Shaw, counsel defending the suspects in the lynching of
Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama at Denkyira-Boase has expressed disgust over the
manner he is being verbally assaulted in the media.

 “The media should stop insulting me. Some of
them even address me as “that devil of a lawyer” and use all sort of abusive
words on my personality. I am on the brink of withdrawal” he lamented.

Mr Shaw who was
speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Cape Coast was
emphatic that he does not support mob justice but was only in to ensure that
the rights of the accused persons were not abused.

This was after the seven
accused persons who were initially arrested after the mob-action last May, were
discharged by the Cape Coast Magistrate Court on Monday and the case
transferred to Accra for continuation.

All the accused
persons except William Baah, the assembly member were bare footed when they
appeared in court.

“I am not doing this
for money, I am just a human rights lawyer. I am totally against mod justice”
he stated.

Mr Shaw said the
country was governed by rule of law and was not a jungle, adding “Stop trying
the case in the media. The media should know better and educate the public”.

He expressed
dissatisfaction about the way Ghanaians were handling the matter with some
pronouncing judgment on the accused persons, saying it was wrong for people to
comment while the matter was pending at the court.

He called for regular
public education to educate the Ghanaian populace to understand the processes
of the court citing for instance the law that states that ‘a person is not
guilty until proven guilty by a court of a competent jurisdiction’.

Mr Shaw also expressed
dissatisfaction with the manner in which the case was being handled by the
prosecution.

He told the court on
Monday June 19, that he had been denied access to his client after several
efforts while prosecution had also denied some of the accused persons who
sustained wounds access to health care.

“I have not been
granted access to my clients to know their side of the story and that of their
health and indicated that such practices were against the natural laws of
justice and should not be entertained.

Mr Shaw advised the
Government to be cautious with the way it handled the case as the international
community as well as human rights activists were monitoring how the suspects in
the case would be tried.

GNA

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