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27 September 2016

I respect President Mahama – Fadi Dabbousi

fadiFadi Dabbousi, the fierce critic of the Mahama-led National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration who was “arrested” by the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) on Friday, 23 September for criticizing President Mahama says he respects President Mahama a lot but will not fail to criticize his government.

Fadi, a Ghanaian-Lebanese pilot, author of “59 Years Of Ghana To Nowhere; The Future Is Now”, and a strong supporter of Nana Akufo-Addo, was picked up by the BNI when he landed in Ghana from Lebanon on Friday, 23 September aboard an Egypt Air flight, for alleged offensive conduct against President John Mahama.

Fadi’s book, according to sources, pushes for a change in leadership in Ghana.

His lawyer, Hassan Tampouli, had earlier threatened to sue the state security agency for abuse of his client’s rights.

Earlier yesterday (Sunday), the BNI reportedly returned books they seized from the detained journalist’s residence.

Hassan Tampouli told newsmen that on Sunday at about 5:45 am, operatives of the BNI returned to the residence of Mr Fadi without a search warrant but they were given access to the property.

Meanwhile, Fadi who was released Monday dawn in an interview said he only wanted to push for change through his publication but not to insult Mahama.

“I respect President Mahama a lot because he is our President whether we like it or not but that will not deter me from criticizing him when he is taking the people of Ghana for granted and to the wrong direction.

“I didn’t intend to insult him and so I find it hard to believe the conduct of the BNI” he stated.

He indicated that he was treated well by officials of BNI during the entire period of detention, adding that his arrest and detention was not in connection with anything bad that he had done.

According to him, though the BNI did not charge him upon his arrest, he has been ordered to report on Friday.

 

Source: adomonline.com

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