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Contempt of Court should be used fairly- Naana to Judges

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Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang has called on the judiciary to be fair in the application of the contempt of court rule.

Speaking with some civil society organisations in Accra, she said if the judiciary is not seen to be reasonable in the application of the rule, resentment will grow amongst Ghanaians.

“If you talk about name and shame it should be consistent. If you are going to apply punishment it should be consistent. If you say somebody has scandalized the law court and you allow the process to go through; the person has apologized and has done everything, the law took it course, the person was fined, the person was sentenced, the person was in prison. You say clemency, it is part of the judicial system; and people pretend they don’t understand why there should be a petition.

“Another person does the same thing, also scandalizes the court and just say he is coming to apologise so it is okay; that is corruption. And I want to see that also highlighted,” she stated.

Prof. Naana made this call when the MP for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong was haul to the High court for calling a Judge unprintable words on his tv station over a land case.

However, a High Court Court, Sulemana Issifu, has described the comments by Mr Agyapong as worse the Montie 3.

Source: Ghana Waves

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