GBA Proposes Review of ‘Harsh’ and ‘Severe’ Covid-19 Restrictions Penalties
The Ghana Bar Association has in a statement called for a review of Section 6 of the Imposition Of Restrictions Act 2020 (Act 1012), which imposes penalties on persons who fail to comply with restrictions imposed under Executive Instruments issued under Section 2(1) of the Act.
According to the association, they find the punishment imposed in respect of persons who breach Act 1012 and EI 164, ‘harsh.’
A statement signed by its National President, Anthony Forson and General Secretary, Yaw Acheampong Boafo read, “It is our view that the punishments imposed by the provisions of Section 6 of Act 1012 and Paragraph 4(2) of EI 164 are severe and further that may culminate in the imposition of custodial sentences. The GBA is apprehensive that the prisons which are presently congested, may shortly be teeming with convicts who are unable to pay fines imposed by Courts under Section 6 and Paragraph 4(2) aforementioned.”
The Ghana Bar Association proposes a fine of not less than ten penalty units and not more than one hundred and fifty penalty units or a term of imprisonment of not less than one month and not more than two years.