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Emmanuel Ajafor Abugri, Editor of News website, Modern Ghana

Medical report indicates possibility of torture on Modern Ghana journalist – OneGhana Movement

Medical report confirms battery, taser wounds on Modern Ghana journalist – OneGhana Movement

The controversy surrounding the arrest of some Modern Ghana journalists keeps getting perplexing.

A medical report produced by the Police Hospital as stated by the OneGhana Movement, has appears to support claims by Modern Ghana editor, Emmanuel Ajafor Abugri that he was assaulted and tortured by the National Security officials after he was arrested him together with another colleague last Thursday.

Mr. Ajafor per his narration was tortured, his head down and his legs up against a wall as part of the ordeal he endured.

He said he was tasered, subjected to hefty slaps and added that he was asked more than 20 questions and each came with a slap.

His colleague, Emmanuel Britwum, has however insisted that he (Britwum) was never tortured in the custody of national security.

In a statement the OneGhana Movement said: “Mr. Ajarfor was first examined two days after the incident and reviewed more thoroughly six days after. His first visit which was on the day of his release was a voluntary visit seeking to treat his immense pain”.

“The second”, the statement continued, “was in fulfillment of the need to procure the Police medical report and attention for his increasing pain. The medical examination of Mr. Ajafor after a review on the 3rd of July 2019 by doctors at the Police Hospital concluded with diagnosis of.”

“The attending doctors indicated that the first diagnosis indicates possibility of battery…..the doctors also observed small lesions on both arms which looked like insect bite marks”, an indication according to them, that Mr. Ajarfor may have been confined in a poor and inhumane environment. The use of stun guns (sometimes called tasers) to transmit intermittent electric shocks” they said “may leave small skin signs similar to insect bite marks”.

By this analysis they said, the possibility of toture cannot be ruled out as being propagated by some media reports. They however note that this is suggestive but not unequivocally diagnostic of the reported torture”.

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