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We’ll enact stringent laws against LGBTQ – Speaker of Parliament

The speaker of Parliament Rt Hon. Alban Sumana Bagbin says urgent actions are being taken to pass a law that will eventually nib the activities of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI+) practices in the bud.

“Stakeholder consultations are also ongoing and the results will feed into a Bill that will eventually be passed into law by Parliament.”

This was contained in a response to a political activist, Emmanuel Abankwa Kesse who had petitioned the Speaker appealing that the House amends the country’s Human Rights Laws in dealing with LGBTI+ and their activities in Ghana.

According to the Speaker, the phenomenon should be discouraged due to its eventual negative impact on society.

Meanwhile, a Ho High Court 2, presided over by His Lordship Justice Yaw Owoahene-Acheampong has granted bail to some 21 persons suspected to be members of Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, andTransgender.

The suspects including 16 females and 5 males were first arraigned before the Ho Circuit Court on Friday 21, May but were remanded into police custody by the court.

The suspects who were said to have been at a conference in the Ho Municipality where the arrest was made, were charged with unlawful assembly.

Following their appearance in court, lawyers for the accused proceeded to the High court to file a bail application after an earlier attempt was declined by the lower court.

The High Court, however, withheld the application at a bail sum of GHC5,000 for each applicant and one surety each.

The substantive case would, however, be heard by the Circuit Court on a later date.

So far, the docket on the case has been submitted to the office of the Attorney General for advice.

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