The Right to Information (RTI) Commission has imposed a penalty of GH¢100,000 on the Ghana Police Service for failing to comply with its directives.
The Commission had ordered the Police Service to provide access to information requested by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), Africa, regarding cases of police brutality.
However, the Police Service ignored the request, which was addressed to the Inspector General of Police, and did not make any decision on the applicant’s request.
The RTI Commission said this was a violation of Act 989, which guarantees the right of access to information as enshrined in Article 21(1) (f) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.
The Commission condemned this act and ordered the Police Service to pay the penalty within 14 days of receiving the decision.
If the Police Service fails to pay within this period, it will incur an additional default penalty rate of 10% on the principal penalty sum of GH¢100,000 for every subsequent 14-day period.