Hank Johnson, a US congressman and prominent member of the House Judiciary Committee, strongly condemned Friday the assassination of Ghana’s Ahmed Hussein-Suale, who was shot dead in Accra, Ghana, on Wednesday night .
ank ‘Johnson Jnr petitions Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, calling for US intelligence assistance for Ghana’s Government in investigating Ahmed Suale’s murder, more possible on the road to Kennedy Agyapong
US Congressman Henry ‘Hank’ Johnson Jnr petitions Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, calling for US intelligence assistance for Ghana’s Government in investigating Ahmed Suale’s murder, as well as a possible US travel ban on Kennedy Agyapong #JournalismIsNotACrime #RIPAhmed pic.twitter.com/eCPhlac6Hh
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Hussein-Suale was an investigative journalist. In 2018, he was part of a team whose investigation into widespread corruption in Ghanaian and international football revealed that more than 100 referees received bribes; it resulted in the outright dissolution of the Ghana Football Federation and the lifelong prohibition of Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, who was part of the Supreme Sports Council, the international governing body of FIFA .
When the results of this anti-corruption survey were released in mid-2018, Hussein-Suale was threatened by MK Ohene Agyapong, a Ghanaian politician and businessman who represents Assin Central in Parliament. for the New Patriotic Party. The latter would have close links with people involved in the corruption cases mentioned by the journalist.
U.S. Congressman Condemns investigative Journalist’s Assassination, Calls for Sanctions Targeting Ghanaian Parliamentarian and U.S. Assistance for Ghanaian Police Investigation | Congressman Hank Johnson https://t.co/iPq19sgsFe
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In May and June 2018, Mr. Agyapong openly threatened the journalist, published his photo, and made his position known. The actions of the businessman were condemned at the time by the Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders.
On Friday morning, Johnson MP wrote to the State Department asking that US diplomatic authorities report to Congress:
1. Assess the potential reach of US diplomatic, law enforcement and intelligence support to the Ghanaian Government’s investigation into the death of Hussein-Suale, including support for the FBI through the Office of the Legal Attaché at the US Embassy in Accra.
2. Conduct an independent evaluation of the murder as well as the quality and scope of the investigation conducted by the Ghanaian Government
3. Determine what sanctions may be imposed on MP Kennedy Agyapong, including a ban on travel to the United States, a ban on access to the US banking system for Mr. Agyapong and his companies, and any other appropriate and enforceable sanctions.
“When incitement to violence against journalists by government officials is tolerated in any country, it threatens the freedom of the press everywhere, including here in the United States,” Johnson said. “The US government should offer its powerful investigative capabilities to the Ghanaian government to help bring these killers to justice.
When unscrupulous politicians and public figures openly call for violence against journalists, they must be held accountable. As in the case of Jamal Khashoggi, the perpetrators of this murder, regardless of their noble titles, must be judged. “Added Hank Johnson