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MP who threatened editor summoned by police

(MFWA/IFEX) - On 9 March 2011, Kennedy Agyapong, an opposition politician and Member of Parliament for Assin North in the Central Region of Ghana, was invited by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana police over death threats he allegedly made against Alhaji Iddrisu Bature, a former managing editor of the privately-owned "Bilingual Free Press" newspaper.

Alhaji Bature, who is now the editor of the "Al-Hajj" newspaper, brought the complaint against the MP after Agyapong allegedly threatened to kill him on 19 February. The threats followed an argument between the two on a local language radio programme on Asempa FM, an Accra-based radio station, on 18 February.

Agyapong told Joy FM, an Accra-based independent radio station, shortly after meeting the police, that two CID officials only asked him to submit a written statement on the issue, and that the meeting was cordial.

The MP added that his threats were in reaction to Alhaji Bature, also a sympathizer of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), who has consistently insulted his family members by linking them to drug trafficking.

According to Joy FM, scores of Agyapong's supporters, who believed the MP's invitation was politically motivated, besieged the premises of the CID to show solidarity with him.

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