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Court rescinds arrest warrant against Power Fm presenter


  24 Décembre      18        Société (27816),

   

Accra, Dec. 24, GNA- An Accra High Court has rescinded a bench warrant it issued for the arrest of Oheneba Boamah Bennie, a presenter of Power FM, an Accra based radio station.
The court presided over by Mrs. Justice Elfreda Dankyi on 23 December this year issued a warrant for the arrest of the presenter for failing to appear before it.
Bennie had failed to appear in court a contempt application against him by the state for insulting the President.
However, when the case was called on Thursday, Mr. Kodjogah Adawudu, who represented the respondent Bennie, said his client was unwell and he has forwarded an excuse duty issued from the Kaneshie Polyclinic to the court.
He said that excuse duty was also copied the Attorney general in a letter and prayed the court to rescind the bench warrant.
Ms. Yvonne Bannerman, a Senior State Attorney who held brief for Godfred Yeboah Dame, the Deputy Attorney General said, they were yet to receive a copy of the said letter.

The court also indicated that it has not seen a copy of the letter on its docket.

The court after hearing to the two lawyers adjourned the matter to January 14, next year and rescinded the bench warrant.

The Attorney-General (A-G) filed a contempt application against Bennie who asserted that the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had influenced some Justices of the Supreme Court to rule in his favour in an event of any election petition following the President’s victory in the just-ended 2020 general election.

The A-G on December 17 this year, The A-G dragged Bennie to court for contempt.
The case of the state was that, after the declaration of President Akufo-Addo as the President-elect by the Electoral Commission (EC), Bennie allegedly published a video on his Facebook wall, claiming that President Akufo-Addo had met with eight judges of the Supreme Court, led by the Chief Justice, and he had influenced them to rule in his favour in case there was any election petition challenging his re-election.

Bennie in the said video said Ghanaians would not allow the Superior court judges to destroy the country and urged the military to stage a coup d’etat.

The A-G contended that through Bennie’s publication, he wanted to tell the public that judges, including the justices of the apex court, decide cases not independently but by taking directives from the President.

According to the A-G, if Bennie was allowed to go unpunished, that would amount to gross disrespect for the judiciary and a violation of the Constitution.

The A-G said Bennie knew that there was a possibility of a challenge to the presidential election at the Supreme Court and, therefore, by poisoning the minds of the public against the court, he wanted to cause disaffection for the court.

“That the respondent’s disrespect for the Judiciary and the publication of false news intended to bring the Judiciary into disrepute makes him liable to be committed to prison in order to vindicate the undoubted authority of the Judiciary enshrined in Article 125 of the 1992 Constitution,” the affidavit in support of the A-G’s case said.

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