Supreme Court Removes The High Court Judge Handling Kennedy Agyapong’s Contempt Case


Loud Ghanaian Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong has been in and out of the high court in the last few months after he was charged with insulting a judge, scandalizing the court, and bringing the court into disrepute.

The MP who is recorded to have said some words that have landed him into this trouble while he was live on his, TV station, Net 2 TV recently pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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His legal counsel has insisted that the Land Court 12 of the High Court which summoned him did not have jurisdiction.

His legal counsel has argued that the judge who summoned him, Amos Wuntah Wuni, was not the one the MP insulted.

The MP’s affidavit stated that his insults were directed at the Labour Court 2 judge. He has since apologized to the judge publicly.

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Just a few hours ago, it has been revealed that The Supreme Court has stopped an Accra High Court judge from hearing a contempt case against the governing party’s MP, Kennedy Agyapong.

In a judgment delivered on Wednesday, the five-member panel, presided over by Justice Baffoe-Bonnie, ordered the registrar to assign a new judge.

Kwame Gyan who is legal counsel for the MP argued the judge, Amos Wuntah Wuni, had demonstrated hostility towards their client.

He referred to the judge’s comment in court that ‘if you touch a live wire it will electrocute you.’

Legal counsel for the NPP MP argued that the judge who was not the target of the alleged contemptuous comment still wanted to sit on the matter and appeared to have an extra interest in a matter, which the lawyers said, did not concern him.

The Supreme Court also ordered a restart of the case at the High Court but maintained the charges should hold.

The judgment given by the court generally satisfies the requests of the legal counsel for the NPP MP.  It had asked for an order to “quash the totality of the proceedings on the ground of unlawful jurisdiction.”

 


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