Legal Battle Intensifies: Ablakwa Objects to New Panel in Contempt Case Against Rev. Boateng

by Louisa Afful
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Representing North Tongu MP Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, objections have been raised against a newly constituted panel set to hear a contempt case brought by Rev. Kusi Boateng, Secretary to the Board of Trustees of the National Cathedral.

The Court of Appeal was set to rule on a defamation suit filed by Rev. Boateng to restrain Ablakwa from discussing him in relation to the National Cathedral. This is Rev. Boateng’s third attempt to restrain the MP.

During the hearing, Ablakwa’s lead counsel, Thaddeus Sory, argued that the new panel was unconstitutional and compromised a fair hearing. He noted that the original panel, which included Justices Dzemefe and Senyo, was absent. Justice Dzemefe had previously been on a different panel and assured his return before the new panel convened without him, prompting Sory’s objection. Sory contended that a panel constituted by the Chief Justice should remain unchanged for the case it was assigned.

Sory also alleged that the High Court judge who dismissed Rev. Boateng’s contempt application had been transferred multiple times, suggesting potential bias due to Rev. Boateng’s influence. Rev. Boateng’s lawyer, Bobby Banson, dismissed these claims as hearsay and not legally grounded. A panel member labeled Sory’s allegations as “speculative innuendo.”

The panel set June 26 to rule on the objection, which will determine whether Ablakwa’s application to strike out Rev. Boateng’s suit will proceed with the current panel or revert to the original.

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