Former Deputy Minister for Justice and Attorney General, Dominic Ayine could be cited for contempt by the Supreme Court for having expressed some prejudicial comments about the judges on the election petition filed by John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC). As a known party person in the hierarchy of the NDC, and now a member of the legal team for the petitioner, his pronouncements ought o be measured no matter the disappointment, especially when the case has not be determined yet.
Today at a press briefing after the court had dismissed an application sought by lead counsel for the Petitioner, Tsatsu Tsikata to reopen the case and have the key witness of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa subpoenaed, Mr. Ayine exclaimed that the judges have been biased in their ruling. This comment most unfortunate, and unexpected of a learned lawyer as Dominic Ayine may not be shelved.
Just as the court had cautioned lawyers to the various parties to refrain from media trials and commentary, Dominic Ayine could be made to face the consequences in the next sitting by the court.
He had argued that judges on the case are practically restraining the justice in the exercise of the law. He indicated that the justices by their ruling today is denying the truth and seems to have a predetermined judgement to make against the Petitioner.
“The justices today have not given us a reason to believe that they want the people of this country to know the truth about what happened,” he noted.
Dominic Ayine contended that the justices had singles out issues out of the many they had raised about the constitutional infractions caused by the Electoral Commission Chairperson, to deny them of their request.
“To reduce the petition in to a single issue petition is rather unfortunate and smack of a predetermined agenda to rule against the petitioner in this matter.”
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