A five-member panel of the Supreme Court has ordered Justice Amos Wuntah Wuni, a Justice of the High Court, to discontinue from presiding over Mr Kennedy Ohene Agyapong’s contempt trial.
The apex court has therefore ordered the Registrar of the High Court to place the trial before a different High Court judge.
“The matter should be sent back to the Registrar of the High Court for the Registrar to place it before the High Court differently constituted”, the court ruled.
Although the court on Wednesday upheld an order by Justice Wuni for the New Patriotic Party Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin, Mr Agyapong to appear before the High Court to answer for contempt, he was prohibited from presiding over the trial. The court has also quashed all the proceedings that had been held before Justice Wuni.
The court says it will give its full reason for the decision on Tuesday 20th October, 2020.
This ruling means that although Mr. Agyapong is still standing trial for contempt over his alleged comments which scandalised the court and brought its name into disrepute, the trial will no longer be presided over by Justice Wuni. A different High Court judge will preside over the case.
Mr Kennedy Ohene Agyapong is facing contempt charges for an alleged comment he made against a High Court judge on a programme aired on Net 2 TV and Oman FM on 2nd September, 2020. Net 2 TV and Oman Fm are owned by Mr Agyapong.
The comment was made in connection with a land matter in which Susan Bandoh and Christopher Akuetteh Kotei had sued Mr Agyapong, Ibrahim Jaja, Nana Yaw Duodu aka Sledge and the Inspector General of Police.
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