Supreme Court strikes out contempt charge against Dominic Ayine
The Supreme Court has struck out the contempt charge levelled against former Deputy Attorney General, Dr Dominic Ayine.
This was after the Bolgatanga East MP obeyed orders from the court to purge himself of contempt.
Dr Ayine who is a leading member of the legal team of the petitioner in the ongoing 2020 election petition, was dragged before the justices of the apex court for the allegation that there was a predetermined agenda to rule against the 2020 NDC presidential candidate, John Dramani Mahama.
Dr. Ayine while addressing the media after the panel in a unanimous decision dismissed an application by Mr Mahama to reopen his case, said he was surprised the judges are trying to expunge four of the five issues raised by the petitioner.
“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.”
But although he wrote a letter to the apex court apologizing and retracting his statement, Chief Justice Anin-Yeboah ordered him to render the apology through the same medium used to sacandalise the court before Thursday, February 25, 2021.
Delivering the verdict today, Chief Justice Anin Yeboah said Dr. Ayine was being discharged because he adhered to the orders of the court.
Lawyer for the contemnor, Frank Dekyem thanked the court for the mercy shown his client, promising that Dr. Ayine “will go and sin no more”.
Meanwhile, present at the court to support the former Deputy Attorney General was the lead counsel for the 1st Respondent in the election petition hearing, Justin Amenuvor.
Explaining his presence, Lawyer Amenuvor told the court that Dr. Ayine is a bestfriend, a former roommate, and was also the bestman at his wedding.
He thus thanked the court for striking out the charges against the legislator.
Also present were counsel for the petitioner, Tony Lithur, Marietta Brew, Bawa Mogtari, Edudzi Tamakloe among others.