“Go and apologise for contemptuous comment” – SC orders Dominic Ayine

The Supreme Court has ordered a former deputy Attorney General, Dominic Ayine to publicly retract and apologize for his slanderous comment against the court. 

The court presided over by Chief Justice Anin Yeboah gave the former deputy Attorney General and senior member of the bar, three days to render the apology.

The Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga East has been directed to use the same televised medium to apologize before Thursday, February 25, 2021.

“We don’t want anything from him, he should go back to the media and retract the statement that he made. We have indeed seen the letter of apology from the contemnor but he must do so using the same medium,” the CJ said.

In a  post-hearing address to the media, Dr. Ayine accused the justices of having a pre-determined mindset against the petitioner.

“These are all germane issues under the constitution and laws of Ghana, to reduce the petition into a single issue petition is rather unfortunate and smacks of a predetermined agenda to rule against the petitioner in this matter,” he said.

Cautioning him in court today, Chief Justice Anin Yeboah said although the court will not fine or punish the Member of Parliament, it was important to take some necessary action to serve as a deterrent to other team members who may be towing the same path.

“We, however, order that the contemnor purges his contempt by retracting the scandalous statements on the very same medium before Thursday when the court will reconvene to hear the contempt case,” the CJ ordered.

Counsel for the former deputy Minister of Justice and Attorney General assured the court that his client had taken a cue from the advice of the justices, and would not repeat such again.

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