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Vol 39 No 2

Published 23rd January 1998


Ghana

Zero tolerance

Hardline policing and economic pressures presage a tense political year

Car thefts at gun-point, a high-speed chase through the streets of Accra on a hot Sunday afternoon, live commentary on the car-chase on local radio, a track-suited President Jerry Rawlings joining the hunt and finally, a suspect arrested in a stolen car. All in a day's work for Ghana's police? Not quite. The man arrested on 4 January after the President's dramatic intervention was Police Inspector Paul Azaglo, formerly head of the elite 64th Infantry Unit, one of the commando units which did so much to keep Rawlings' government in power in its early days. And his arrest comes when public confidence in the police and law enforcement is at its lowest ebb since the early 1980s.

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