Tuesday, March 2

Contempt of Court: Dominic Ayine ordered to retract and apologise

Contempt of Court: Dominic Ayine ordered to retract and apologise

The Supreme Court has ordered Dr Dominic Akuritinga Ayine to purge himself of contempt by rendering an unqualified apology and a retraction following his public comment deemed prejudicial on the pending 2020 presidential election petition.

He is to retract the “scandalous statement on the very same medium before Thursday”, February 25, 2021 when the court will reconvene.

The contempt proceedings has been adjourned to Thursday at 9:30am.

The Supreme Court initiated contempt of court proceedings against Dr Ayine who is a former Deputy Attorney General and Member of Parliament for Bolgatanta East for a comment he passed against the judges sitting on the ongoing presidential election petition.

Last Tuesday [Feb 16] after the court held that the petitioner could not reopen his case, Dr. Ayine said specifically that the judges had a “predetermined agenda” against former President John Dramani Mahama who filed the petition.

Dr Ayine said he did not understand why the court dismissed Mr. Mahama’s application to reopen the case to enable him to subpoena the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa, who was the Returning Officer of the December 7, 2020 Presidential Election.

Supreme Court cites Ayine for contempt

The Supreme Court took judicial notice of his comment, cited him for contempt and subsequently summoned him for the quasi-criminal process.

Appearing before the bench on Monday, February 22, 2021, the Chief Justice, Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah said: “Dr Ayine, please you have been summoned here by this court to show course why you should not be committed for contempt.”

The Chief Justice said on February 16, 2021, “you made certain statements that were very very scandalous of the court. We’ve  exercise restraint in invoking our jurisdiction to always be committing people for contempt for obvious reasons. The other time, I think you were here when I drew the attention of Mr Frank Davies, Lawyer [Yaw] Oppong, then Marietta [Brew Appiah Opong], the learned former Attorney-General, I drew their attention and they stopped. But then from nowhere, you also jumped unto the fray and you made certain scandalous statements which the bench thought it was least expected of somebody who held a very high office, as the leader of the bar when the Attorney-General was not present”

Dr Ayine said he had already written a letter to the Supreme Court apologising for his comment.

Source: Graphic.com.gh

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