On Monday February 22, 2021 the Supreme Court ordered Member of Parliament (MP) for Bolgatanga East and former deputy Attorney-General, Dr. Dominic Ayine, to go and retract comments he had publicly made which the court consider as contemptuous.
The Bolgatanga East MP, who is also a speaker for the petitioner at the ongoing Presidential Election Petition hearing, said in a press interview that the decision of the Supreme Court not to allow the petitioner reopen his case to subpoena chairperson of the 1st Respondent Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa, was “predetermined”.
This was considered by the court as scandalous and brought contempt charges against Mr. Ayine, a case which was heard on Monday.
In a sad look, Mr. Ayine wrote a letter to the court in which he apologized for his remarks.
Dr. Ayine’s counsel also begged for the court’s compassion on behalf of his client.
The court, in accepting the apology of the contemnor acknowledged the fact he is a senior member of the bar but made the following consequential orders.
“We accept the apology of learned counsel for the contemnor, we however order that the contemnor purges his contempt by retracting his scandalous on the very same medium before Thursday, 25th February, 2021, when the court will reconvene. The contempt proceedings is thus adjourned to Thursday, 25th February, 2021″, the court ruled.
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