Sam George: Australian High Commissioner threatened me with visa restriction, arrest

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The Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram , Sam Nartey George , says that the Australian High Commissioner to Ghana has threatened to deny him a visa to travel to any European country.

Speaking on JoyNews‘ Newsfile, Saturday, the legislator stated that Gregory Andrews also threatened to arrest him if he leaves the shores of Ghana.

“We met at the Hearts-Kotoko game, and there he came and accosted me and threatened me that I will never get a visa to any European country and he said that if I ever step there, I will be arrested.

Not intimidated by the threats, Mr Nartey George retaliated, saying, “I said to him that he is in Ghana and I will not be threatened and if he does not take care I will make sure that the laws in Ghana deal with him because he has breached several laws in Ghana.”

He told host Evans Mensah that the following day, Gregory Andrews reported him to the Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin, accusing him of assault.

“In the middle of all of that, there were a number of hearts fans who saw the back and forth and some of them wanted to shake him up a bit, and so he ran to the military.

“The next day, he runs to the speaker that I had assaulted him and caused a mob to attack him, and that is why the speaker said we will not be threatened, we will not be intimidated in our country,” the vociferous MP narrated.

But, the Speaker stood his ground and reiterated that legislators will not be intimidated by advocates of the anti-LGBTQ+ bill.

The 36-page bill yet to be sent to Parliament for consideration to criminalise the act of homosexuality have created several controversies stirring emotions of hope and despair by a fraction of the Ghanian populace.

For some, the bill criminalising the involvement, promotion, propagation, advocacy, support or funding for LGBTQI+ related activities will infringe on the human rights of citizens as well as silence free speech.

The strong reservations which greeted the anti-LGBTQ+ bill have brought MPs who funded and spearheaded the bill under scrutiny by some advocates of the LGBTQ+.

One of the bill’s sponsors in Parliament, Sam Nartey George, who has always opposed the legalisation of same-sex relationships in Ghana stated that he is not intimidated by the threats.

The lawmaker stated that he will defend and see to the bill’s passage, which seeks to protect and promote proper human sexual rights, which resonates with the Ghanaian Family Values.

“I am least perturbed about any of those states; I definitely will, and I will certainly travel when the need arises I will. Nobody has the right to arrest me without any grounds,” he said.

source: myjoyonline

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