The Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has declined investigation into the murder of Issah Mobila. “The Commission shall not investigate a matter which is pending before a court or judicial tribunal,” CHRAJ’s director in charge of legal and investigations wrote in response to a petition by Private Eric Modzaka.
Ms Elizabeth Kufuor of CHRAJ therefore advised Private Modzaka to await the outcome of the Circuit Court which is currently hearing the murder of the Northern Regional CPP Chairman in military custody.
In his petition on September 1, 2009, Private Modzaka said he had been mistakenly placed under military detention. He enumerated the following bullet points”.
“1. I was not within the premises of the Guardroom when the deceased was brought into the Guardroom.
2. I never set eyes on the deceased even after he was alleged to have been brought into the Guardroom
3. I didn’t know how the deceased managed to get himself into the Guardroom.
4. Neither was I privy to any information pertaining to the deceased.”
Private Modzaka has been in military detention since 2007 where he faced a number of service inquiries.
On 9th December 2004, Private Modzaka though at post on paper was not on location when the deceased was brought to the Kamina barracks.
Verifiable records available indicate that he had asked permission to see a visitor. His colleagues Private Appiah yaw and Private Seth Goka, who are facing murder charges have in their confessions confirmed that Private Modzaka did not take part in beating Mobila to death.
The innocence of Private Modzaka, this paper was told, is a fact most military heads are aware of. It is still unclear why they still hold to this innocent soldier in the face of clear evidence.
Private Modzaka’s salary has been blocked. His movements have also been restricted for three years now and his wife and children are suffering under harsh economic conditions.
Source: Daily Post/Ghana
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