‘Go and purge yourself of contempt’ – Supreme Court orders Dominic Ayine

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The Supreme Court of Ghana has ordered former Deputy Attorney General, Dr Dominic Ayine to go and purge himself of contempt proceedings it brought against him on Monday.

The former Deputy Attorney General was summoned before the court after he made comments that was deemed to have offended the courts.

In a post-trial media interview this week, Ayine said the Supreme Court’s basis for dismissing Mahama’s motion to reopen his case in the ongoing election petition hearing smacks of a predetermined agenda to rule against the petitioner.

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He said: “It is not true that there is only one issue that needs to be determined in this matter. I am surprised that the Supreme Court itself having set down five key issues to be determined is now reducing the issue to one, which is whether the extent to which the evidence that we have led shows that no one got more than 50% of the votes in accordance with Article 63 of the Constitution.”

“We have made it abundantly clear in the petition that there were a number of infractions, we are contesting even the constitutionality of the declaration that was made. We are saying that she violated Article 23 because she is an administrative body, we have also said the exercise of discretion was contrary to Article 296 of the Constitution,” he said.

He added: “These are all germane issues under the constitution and laws of Ghana. And 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”.

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But the court did not take the statements kindly and hence charged him with contempt of the court.

Appearing before the Judges on Monday with his counsels, Dr Ayine rendered un qualified apology to the courts for the statements.

The Judges accepted the apology and therefore warned him to use same media he used to scandalise the court to offer apology for same.

 

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