ASEPA boss blames misuse of presidential plane
The military writes officially to challenge his claims
Police set to file charges against Mensah Thompson
Mensah Thompson, the executive director of the Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA), is in the hands of the Ghana Police Service, Accra-based Citi FM reported.
He was detained after honoring an invitation from the Teshie District Police Command and was also charged with publishing false news.
Thompson, according to reports, will be arraigned in Kaneshie District Court tomorrow, Thursday, February 10.
Thompson’s ‘fake news’ post and GAF reaction
On January 7, Thompson posted an allegation on his Facebook wall, the first two paragraphs of which read: “So between December 20 and 30, 2021…over the Christmas period, children of a close relative of the president took over the presidency of Ghana Jet the Falcon EX jet on a trip to the UK just for Christmas shopping.
“They didn’t go alone, they went with their friends and partied in the sky the whole trip, taking snap photos and displaying their lucky adventure.”
The Ghana Armed Forces subsequently released a statement, dated January 9, 2022, dismissing the entire post describing it as a figment of the author’s imagination.
He also explained that the jet had not made a trip to Europe for a long time and the available records will prove this.
The last paragraph of that letter stated that the military had reported the matter to the Inspector General of Police for further investigation given the seriousness of the allegations.
Thompson, for his part, took down the content of his post saying that he had requested information about the said trip from the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, GCAA.
GhanaWeb does not know if it has yet received a response from the GCAA.
January 23 message from Mensah Thompson at the invitation of the police
On January 23, Thompson confirmed via a Facebook post that he had been invited to CID headquarters to “answer questions about my posts on the presidential jet.”
“Prior to this, the police had called PowerFM asking for the location of our office, when the complaint they received contained details of my contact that they could have contacted.
“Well tomorrow at 10 a.m., in the company of my lawyers, I will honor the invitation of the CID to the headquarters of the CID to answer any questions they may have regarding the publication that I have made in my capacity as chief of a civil society organization with key responsibility to audit the government and its agencies!!!” his message read.
The following day, he posted an update to the effect that reads: “The CID who called me this morning to introduce me to the CID quarters has just called me that he has received further instructions. I should report to Teshie Rasta police station instead.
“Instructions from whom? I can’t say…Why can’t he tell me!!”