Jan 192010
 
 January 19, 2010  Govt, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Fiifi Koomson reports:

The National Security Coordinator Lt. Col (Rtd) Larry Gbevlo-Lartey has dismissed calls for a law to back a directive for the mandatory registration of mobile phone sim cards. Col Gbevlo-Lartey says agitation for such a law is “completely out of the question.”

National Security has issued a directive to mobile phone service providers in the country to register their subscribers.

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Accra-based legal practitioner and Partner at the Bentsi-Enchil, Letsa and Ankomah Chambers, Ace Anan Ankomah, says the move is illegal, and should not be made to fly.

Mr Ankomah told Joy FM’s Kojo Oppong Nkrumah on Tuesday the move smacks of insecurity and amounts to a breach of privacy, as guaranteed under Article 18(2) of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana.

But Lt Col (Rtd) Gbevlo-Lartey said calls for a constitutional backing stem from a “distortion” of the facts.

“There have been a lot of distortions…the distortion of all this thing by a reliance on some requirement of the law is completely out of the question and we have to get this very very clear. We are very clear in what we are asking for and we insist on what we are asking for,” the National Security Coordinator told Joy FM’s Super Morning Show in a telephone interview.

He said National Security does not require any special law to make such a demand, adding the agency would “insist” on its directive.

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