Gov’t to decide direction of Kennedy Agyapong’s contempt case today

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The contempt case against Kennedy Agyapong is expected to take a new twist with the Deputy Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame dictating the pace of the case when he appears before the apex court later today, October 14, 2020.

The Supreme Court had asked the Attorney General's Department to formally handle Kennedy Agyapong's application pending against High Court Judge, Amos Wuntah Wuni.

The Deputy Minister who was incidentally in Court on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 was asked to study the affidavit on record and to argue the case in Court today.

It is unclear if the case was listed for hearing yesterday.

It is also unclear why the Supreme Court gave less than 24 hours to have the Deputy Minister study Kennedy Agyapong's court documents against High Court Judge, Amos Wuntah Wuni which said he was not the judge who was insulted and threatened, therefore, cannot sit on the contempt case.

Mr. Agyapong's lawyers on September 17, invoked the supervisory jurisdiction of the Apex court to stop Justice Wuni's contempt trial involving the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Assin Central Member of Parliament, and to quash all orders made by the Judge in that respect.

The processes at the Supreme Court were however served on the Registrar of the High Court through the Judicial Secretary and on behalf of Justice Wuni.

The High Court Registrar subsequently filed an affidavit in opposition to the application without recourse to the Attorney General.

The law lords of the Supreme Court, however, said the processes were procedural to be acted upon by the Attorney General's Department.

The Supreme Court thus directed that the Attorney General's Department takes over the case.

Members of the Court include Justices Paul Baffoe-Bonnie as President, Yaw Appau, Gabriel Pwamang, Amadu Tanko, and Yonny Kulendi.

Mr. Agyapong is in court for making a statement deemed contemptuous in the case in which Susan Bandoh and Christopher Akuetteh Kotei had sued him, one Ibrahim Jaja, Nana Yaw Duodu aka Sledge and the Inspector General of Police in a land dispute.

On a show aired on Net2 TV, the MP is said to have "scandalised and threatened" the court.

During the legal vacation, the Chief Justice was petitioned to take action against Mr. Agyapong because of the comments. The petition was written by one, Sulemana Issifu, who described Mr. Agyapong's conduct as "monumental impunity against the courts."

On September 28, 2020, his lawyers told the Accra High, where he is facing contempt charges that he had suffered complications, hence couldn't make it to the court. This was after the case was called for the fourth time.

His lead counsel, Kwame Gyan, told the court that Ken Agyapong had "suffered from complication from the post-COVID-19 condition that he suffered last month", consequently, the lawyers prayed for an adjournment to "allow the defendant get a clean bill of health".

Mr Gyan, told the court that the NPP MP, has been advised by his doctors to take a 14-day rest, but the Court has summoned Dr Ken Addo of the Holy Trinity Medical Centre/Spa owned by Dr Felix Kwaku Anyah onetime CEO of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital under President Akufo-Addo, to appear before the court and explain the medical excuse duty he granted Kennedy Agyapong.

Lawyer Gyan, told the court presided over by Justice Amos Wuntah Wuni that, Kennedy Agyapong, is suffering from 'post-COVID-19 trauma'.

"On the last adjourned date by mutual agreement between the court and the legal team for the third defendant-respondent applicant. Today was set for the continuation of the proceedings that began earlier this month.

"Our client, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong suffered from complications from a post-COVID-19 condition that he suffered last month [August]. My Lord, we arrange for him to seek medical support," Mr Gyan said.

After listening to the plea of the lawyer, Justice Wuni adjourned the case to October 1, 2020, and ordered the doctor to appear before the court on tomorrow, October 1, 2020, and explain the circumstances that led to the issuance of medical excuse duty for the MP.

"By court, the contemnor is not present in court today, indeed a medical excuse duty form has been attached to a letter under the hand of the learned lead counsel requesting for an adjournment covering 14 days from September 26 to October 10, 2020.

"In the circumstance, the request for adjournment is granted. However, it is hereby ordered that the medical officer, Dr Ken Addo of [the] Holy Trinity Medical Centre/Spa appears before the court on Thursday to speak to the medical excuse duty," Justice Wuni ordered. The Medical

"Indeed a medical excuse duty and attached form has been attached to a cover letter and medical report under the seal of counsel asking for a 14-day adjournment from, September 26 to October 10, 2020".

The court said "under the circumstance granted the request and adjourned the case," adding "We have to create a good country for ourselves. The way excuse duties reports are written these days, somebody must speak to it."

On June 16, 2020, Kennedy Agyapong turned 60, and celebrated his birthday in a grand style with family and friends, amongst them was the beleaguered former Managing Director of the Ghana Maritime Authority, Kwame Owusu, who installed 13 air conditioners to a state bungalow; he proposed the toast.

A month after the birthday celebrations, the Assin Central Member of Parliament, announced he had tested positive for COVID-19 and suggested that he acquired the deadly viral condition from his family and friends, who attended the ceremony.

After his announcement in July 2020, Mr Agyapong, has since made countless appearances on the 'The Seat Show' on his Net 2 TV station and on Oman FM hosted by Justice Annan, it was during the September 2, show on the two media platforms that he threatened and more than three times, called the judge "stupid".

Source: The Herald