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Chief Justice has an agenda to intimidate NDC lawyers – Asiedu Nketiah on Ayine’s haul to GLC

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has declared that it is behind its Member of Parliament (MP) for Bolgatanga East Constituency, Dr Dominic Akuritinga Ayine, who is being hauled to the General LegalCouncil (GLC).

Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah wants the GLC to investigate Mr Ayine and, possibly, mete out sanctions at him following a comment he made during a panel discussion on the Presidential Election Petitions and their impact on Africa’s Democracy, organized by the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD).

But speaking at a press conference in Accra Monday, the General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, stated that the party is behind Ayine.

He said  Dr. Ayine spoke nothing but the truth at the roundtable discussion that had other lawyers and academics brought together to analyze the impact of Presidential election petitions on our democracy.

“When the question about confidence in the independence of the judiciary was posed, Lawyer Yaw Oppong, a member of President Akufo-Addo’s legal team, responded that he thought Ghana’s judiciary was independent. Dr. Ayine, on his part, expressed the view that his confidence in the independence of the judiciary had been dampened by the way the court determined some of the interlocutory applications of the Petitioner without due regard for judicial precedent and settled rules and practices,” he said.

Dr. Dominic Ayine

“Let me state here and now that the National Democratic Congress stands with Dr. Ayine against what is increasingly becoming a campaign of judicial tyranny being waged by the Chief Justice of the Republic against lawyers who identify with the NDC,” he said.

He went on to criticise the Chief Justice for what he described as persecution against lawyers identified with the NDC.

Chief Justice, Kwasi Anin-Yeboah
“Indeed, the latest persecution of Dr. Ayine is part of a grand agenda by the current Chief Justice to intimidate, cower and muzzle all dissenting voices particularly those in NDC who dare to speak against some of the strange decisions that characterised the 2020 presidential election petition.”

 

“It’s no coincidence that virtually all the lawyers who have been reported to the disciplinary committee of the General Legal council by the Chief Justice, Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah in recent times are aligned to the NDC. What is the Chief Justice’s personal interest in the punishment of NDC-affiliated lawyers that he’s so keen to initiate unwarranted actions against them?”

Asiedu also Nketiah noted, for instance,  that in the hearing of the 2020 Election Petition continuously shielded the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensah, from scrutiny and accountability to the surprise of many and thus it is in order if someone says the confidence in the judicial service is dwindling.
He said contrary to the views of Justice Anin-Yeboah during the 2012 election petition that the EC Chair was solely responsible for the success or otherwise of an election,  he led the Supreme Court bench to dismiss every single application on behalf of the Petitioner to have the Chairperson of the Electoral
Commission assists the Court to establish the truth.
“In 2013 Dr. Afari-Djan went into the witness -box and was subjected to extensive cross-examination. That was not enough for Justice Anin-Yeboah then. This time, Mrs. Jean Mensa, having sworn to a witness statement and sworn to affidavits to the effect that she would be available for crossexamination, chose not to testify,” he said.
He continued that in an attempt to re-open the case of the Petitioner to enable her to be subpoenaed was rejected by the Chief Justice and his colleagues and quizzed ” How does the Chief Justice, Justice Anin-Yeboah, expect Ghanaians to have confidence in his impartiality and fairmindedness as a judge in the face of these contradictory decisions by him?
“Indeed, much of the criticism has been from people who are in no way associated with the NDC,” the Chief scribe indicated as he justified the statement of Dr Ayine.
Source: Myxyzonline.com|Ghana
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