The member of parliament (MP) for the Madina constituency, Francis-Xavier Sosu, has initiated a Private Members Bill on compensation for victims of unlawful arrest, detention, and conviction.
Mr. Sosu argues that in the absence of any clear legal basis of computation of compensation, the courts or Judges are left to exercise their discretion.
In the exercise of this discretion, he said, the compensation awarded to persons who have been wrongfully convicted, detained, and arrested have not been satisfactory as compared to the kind of wrong suffered by the person due to the wrongful act committed by actors of the state agencies.
The lawmaker is proposing that the compensation act will clearly define and provide what amounts to wrongful arrest, unlawful detention, malicious prosecution, and wrongful conviction.
He said the Act will also provide a formula for calculating compensation units on an hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis and provide the circumstances under which a particular compensation must apply as against the already defined areas of compensation.
The human rights lawyer also believes the Act will cure the mischief of abuses by security service persons and the general injustice meted out to Ghanaians who are alleged to have come in conflict with the law.