Ghanaian born US soldier assaulted at US Embassy in Accra

Police at Cantonments here in Accra are investigating circumstances under which security operatives at the US Embassy allegedly assaulted a soldier Raymond Amezado Thursday morning.

The victim, a Ghanaian born who is serving in the US Army, sustained deep cuts on the forehead and legs, and lost lots of blood, Joy News’ Joseph Opoku Gakpo reported.

He is said to have challenged US Embassy officials over their decision to deny his friends visa.

An eyewitness named only as Jerry said the victim demanded that the monies of his friends be refunded if the US Embassy was not going to grant them the visa.

But that did not go down well with the officials some of whom allegedly pounced on the soldier.

“They really beat the guy to the extent that the guy was wounded and had severe cut on the eye About ten intercom security men and about two police men. There was another cut on the leg. We had to rush him to the hospital,” he said.

Raymond is being held at the Cantonments Police Station after being treated at the Police Hospital.

Joseph Opoku Gakpo reported further that the victim looked frail and upset with a huge plaster on his forehead while in custody at the police station.

The victim who is holding an American citizenship is said to have served in Afghanistan and other areas of combat.

Meanwhile, the US Embassy has confirmed the incident.

“We can confirm there was an incident in consular session this morning. Local law enforcement responded and we thank them for their assistance. We refer you to local law enforcement for further information,” Sarah Stealey Press Attache Officer at the US Embassy said in a brief statement to Joy News.

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