Military law is not constrained by the same sets of rights that a civilian is able to claim under the 1992 Constitution.

The punishments for crimes under the Ghana Military laws are harsher than those that a civilian defendant face in local court.

While parts of our laws undergoes periodic reviews to make it more relevant and meet modern practice, Military laws have not, making it very outmoded over the years.

At a book launch, titled: “Contemporary Approach to the Military Law in Ghana,”, a 570-paged-book, authored by Lieutenant Colonel Binditi Chitor, Justice of the Court of Appeal, Justice Senyo Dzamefe , identified flaws in military law in Ghana and suggest practical solutions to making the law robust and compliant with the constitution of the land.

According to the Justice of the court of Appeal, the regime which regulated the military justice system in Ghana, predates the promulgation of the 1992 Constitution, which he says has also not had any meaningful reviews.

Justice Dzamefe added that the laws are now old and contradicts provisions of the 1992 constitution.

Although some staffs of both the Ghana Police Service and the Ghana National Fire Service have recently challenged the institutions in court over flaws in their laws, the Ghana Armed Forces have not seen any as at now.

Justice Dzamefe believes soon individuals may go to court to challenge portions of military laws in the country, if efforts are not properly put in place to support a reviewing process of military laws.

The Chief of Defense Staff, Lieutenant General O.B.Akwa, applauded the author and assured that the necessary steps would be put in place to harmonize Military laws with the 1992 constitution.

By: Edem Gyamesi

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