Prez Mahama to grant jailed Bawku MP pardon

Ghana - with additional files from Al Hajj

Incarcerated former Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Adamu Dramani Sakande, may be heading home after serving only six months of his jail sentence for faking documents to enter parliament
President Mahama is expected to invoke the Prerogative of Mercy as enshrined in Article 72 of the 1992 Constitution to grant him a free, absolute and unconditional pardon.
The Al-Hajj newspaper reports that this move by President John Mahama was necessitated by Adamu Dramani’s deteriorating ill-health and also the urgent need at national reconciliation.
Reports said the jailed Bawku Central MP some few weeks ago was rushed to the Cadio-Thoracic Centre at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital from the Nsawam Prison following an acute heart-related condition where he is currently receiving treatment.
Mr. Adamu Dramani’s brother, Apuma Dramani, confirmed to that they have received information to that effect.
An Accra Fast Track High Court some few months ago sentenced Adamu Daramani, who until his incarceration was the MP for Bawku Central, to two years’ imprisonment after been found guilty of perjury, false declaration of office for voting and deceiving a public officer.
The MP was on July 31, 2009, arraigned and charged with nine counts relating to his nationality, perjury, forgery of passport, election fraud and deceiving public officers to be elected as an MP. He was, however, exonerated on six of those charges on July 8, 2010. He later filed for a defense of no case when he was asked to open his defense but was overturned.

Giving reasons for his decision, Justice Quist noted that the accused person was a Burkinabe citizen because he was issued with a travel document from the neighboring country which stated that he was born in Ouagadougou.

The judge said even though the accused person said he was a Ghanaian born and raised in Bawku, he did not call any of his relatives to testify on his behalf and added that his own evidence that his sister was always in court with him was not enough.