Ghana: Lawyer Sosu’s 3-yr ban stayed

June 13, 2017

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The three-year ban handed to renowned human rights lawyer, Francis Xavier Sosu by the General Legal Council (GLC) is to be stayed.

This follows the filing of an Application for Stay and/or suspension of his ban pending an appeal against the GLC’s decision.

Lawyer Sosu was sanctioned almost two weeks ago after being found guilty of professional misconduct under Rule 2(4) of the legal profession (professional conduct and etiquette).

According to the GLC, he had advertised his law firm on Facebook and also overcharged one of his clients, Francis Agyare.

“Lawyer Sosu was convicted on his own plea of guilty, on both counts and was sentenced to a period of three years suspension commencing June 2, 2017 and ending 1st day of June, 2020. He is to be mentored by a senior and for a period of one year commencing 2nd June, 2020 and ending 1st June 2021,” a statement announcing his suspension partly read.

But in accordance with Section 27(2) of the Court of Appeal Rules, 1997, (C.I 19), the execution of the ban has been stayed pending the hearing of two separate applications the troubled lawyer filed on Tuesday, June 13th at the Court of Appeal.

The Court has fixed Tuesday, July 4, to hear the case.

https://www.primenewsghana.com/general-news/lawyer-sosu-s-3-yr-ban-stayed.html

http://www.newsjs.com/url.php?p=http://starrfmonline.com/2017/06/05/legal-aid-backs-sosus-decision-to-appeal-ban/

http://www.newsjs.com/url.php?p=http://www.pulse.com.gh/news/general-legal-council-review-lawless-sentence-on-francis-sosu-cudjoe-id6786055.html

http://citifmonline.com/2017/06/14/xavier-sosu-applies-to-halt-execution-of-3-year-ban/

http://www.myjoyonline.com/politics/2017/June-16th/sophia-akuffo-must-rid-legal-council-of-archaic-rules-imani.php

Daily Graphic, June 15, 2017

FROM GHANA DISABILITY FORUM

TO: The Chairman Ghana Legal Council, Accra Ghana.

13 /06/ 17

Dear Sir, *LIFT 3 YEARS BAN FROM OUR HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER- RE: JUSTICE TO LAWYER FRANCIS-XAVIER SOSU*

Following the news item on the ban by the Ghana Legal Council placed on Mr. Francis Xavier Sosu who is the legal representative of the above mentioned group that comprises mainly persons with disabilities and their associates (family and friends), we hereby petition with your high office and the totality of your council to reconsider and reduce his ban.

We, numbering thousands of vulnerable persons with disabilities humbly plead that the council temper justice with mercy in the Francis Sosu case, as this would go a long way to continue making justice accessibility and affordability to us very difficult and expensive.

Mr. Sosu over the years has represented us on many cases and continues to do same.

*List of some cases represented on behalf of PWDs by Mr. Francis Xavier Sosu* includes but not limited to the below; – PWDs V Jantuah. – Alexander Tetteh V the Republic of Ghana – Elias Akuamoah V Ghana. Health Services – Charles Kojo Fosu

As is evident from the long list of cases being handled by Mr. Francis Xavier Sosu besides other countless free legal services he renders to the members of disability community and the personal unique touch he puts to us the vulnerable persons, he remains our pillar of hope.

We are also of the view that, the ban of Lawyer Sosu from practice, taking into consideration the offense that attracted such a ban is harsh and discriminatory and does not serve the cause of justice.

We accordingly PETITION your office to reconsider the ban to ensure justice is continuously accessible and affordable through Mr. Francis Xavier Sosu.

Counting on your co-operation.

Yours faithfully,

*Mr. Alex Kojo Tetteh* (Chairman). 0244620971 Cc: His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana, – The Chief Justice, Judicial Services. – -The President, Ghana Bar Association. – The Human Right Desk, UNDP. – Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative. – Human Rights Advocacy Centre.

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