Suspended private legal practitioner, Francis-Xavier Sosu has taken on the mouthpiece of lawyers, Ghana Bar Association (GBA), saying it does not care about the welfare of lawyers.
According to the popular human rights lawyer, the professional body has now become a “dues collection agency.”
Mr. Sosu who is also the International Coordinator, Monitoring Committee on Attack on Lawyers of the International Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL) made the remark when he led the group to petition the Parliament of Ghana, the Chief Justice and the Ghana Bar Association among others over what they describe as arbitrary treatment of Lawyers in Ghana.
The embattled Human Rights Lawyer presented the Petition as part of activities of the Association to mark the International Day of Endangered Lawyers which fell on 24th January 2018.
He remarked, the presentation of the petition was part of his personal commitment to promoting the welfare of Lawyers in Egypt.
“It is out of despondency that I write this Petition in solidarity with all Lawyers and Human Rights activists in Egypt as the international community marks this special day of Endangered Lawyers.
“…I join the several thousands of Lawyers and Human Rights Activists across the world to protest the incessant attacks on Human Rights Activists, Lawyers and Journalists in Egypt. I condemn the arbitrary arrests, torture during custody, killing of demonstrators who freely exercise their freedom of expression, unfair trials and several death sentences among many others.
“I wish to use this opportunity to remind the Egyptian government of its international obligation to respect, protect and promote the fundamental rights of its citizens without discrimination,” the petition noted.
The General Legal Council (GLC) in June 2017, barred the prominent Human Rights lawyer from practising as a lawyer for one year after he was found guilty of professional misconduct.
Francis-Xavier Sosu and his accuser, Francis Agyare
It followed a complaint filed at the Council by one of his clients, Francis Agyare, who accused Mr. Sosu and his law firm F-X Law & Associates of attempting to swindle him.
The Council also reached a decision to ban the lawyer for another three years for advertising himself on social media in respect of cases involving Patrick Reynolds who was paralyzed by a fallen billboard at flower pot and his human rights action against the Attorney General, Chief of Defence Staff and another.
He, however, challenged the ruling at the Court of Appeal seeking to stay the three-year suspension imposed on him until an appeal challenging his suspension is determined.
But the Court of Appeal declined jurisdiction over the motion.