Crime & Law

Kennedy Agyapong runs to Supreme Court to quash contempt case against him

Kennedy Agyapong’s lawyers are seeking to quash a contempt case against him at the Supreme Court.

A suit filed at the Supreme Court indicated that Kennedy Agyapong had not been “duly served with any writ of the summons and a statement of claim on any court processes [relating to the contempt case].”

In view of this, the legislator argues that because he had not been served with the writ of summons, he could not have “engaged in any act intended to scandalise the said Land Court or the presiding judge.”

Mr. Agyapong argued further that it would have been easy for him to have been served because of his regular appearances on Net 2 TV and his availability in Parliament.

The MP admits that he got “involuntarily and uncontrollably upset” when processes for the land case at the Labour Court 2 were posted on his property at Adjringanor.

This notwithstanding, he has apologised to the labour court, the presiding judge and the Chief Justice.

Since he feels his words were not directed at the court that summoned him and in lieu of the apology, the MP insists that “the said court is not seized with the jurisdiction to order the applicant to appear and answer why he should not be severely punished for contempt of court.”

Kennedy fails to make it to court

The Assin Central on Monday failed to appear in court for his contempt charge.

His failure to show up was because he was not personally served with notice of when he is to appear in court.

A document that was presented explaining the failure of the legislator to appear in court said the bailiff indicated that attempts to serve Mr Agyapong at his office at Net2 TV and Parliament proved unsuccessful.

The bailiff noted that he spoke to Mr Agyapong via phone, and was asked to send the document to Parliament.

The Parliamentary Service is said to have responded to the documents sent by the bailiff that they have been unsuccessful at serving the MP.

The court presided over by Justice Amos Wuntah Wuni then directed the bailiff to paste the documents on the court’s notice board and at the building of Net2 TV and Oman FM as a form of notification where it shall remain for 3 days.

Background

The Accra High Court is summoning Mr Kennedy Agyapong, to appear before it to “show cause why he should not be severely punished for contempt of court.”

Member of Parliament for Assin Central Constituency, Ken Agyapong could face jail after being summoned by a High Court judge Amos Wuntah Wuni for contempt.

The legislator is reported to have “scandalized” and “threatened” the judge and, by extension, the court in an ongoing land case.

On Wednesday, September 2, the lawmaker had threatened to petition the Chief Justice over a judgment given without his knowledge.

On a program on Net2 TV, Agyapong called the judge “stupid” for delivering judgment when he was unaware of the case despite being the de jure owner of the land for 18 years.

“You are a stupid judge. I will face you,” Agyapong said on the program, which was simulcast on Accra-based Oman FM.

“I am not Anas to take bribe from you,” he added in the local Twi language.

He stressed: “I will deal with you”.

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