The Member of Parliament (MP) for Jomoro, Dorcas Toffey for the first time appeared before the Sekondi High Court, Commercial Division today after a bench warrant was issued for her arrest by the court.
The warrant followed her absence from the hearing of a contempt case against her last Monday morning.
The contempt case was filed against her by one Joshua Emuah Kofie from Nuba-Mpataba in the Jomoro Constituency when the MP allegedly failed to appear before the Registrar of the court to produce documents evidencing her renunciation of Ivorian citizenship as ordered by a Sekondi High Court.
The case was scheduled to be heard on Monday, December 6, 2021. However, the MP who had already filed her response to the contempt was absent and was not represented by any of her counsel.
Lead counsel for the applicant, Frank Davies, therefore, prayed the court to issue the bench warrant for the arrest of the MP because he said she was showing disrespect to the court by being absent.
Justice Sedina Agbemava, the presiding judge subsequently issued the bench warrant for the arrest of the MP and adjourned the case to yesterday.
The MP was in court today in the company of some of her colleagues including Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, MP for Ellembelle, and James Agalga, MP for Builsa North.
During the brief proceedings, counsel for the respondent, Godwin Edudzi Tamakloe, who was also absent during the last sitting, prayed the court to rescind the warrant of arrest.
The court, therefore, acceded to the prayer and rescinded its decision on the warrant issued for the arrest of the Jomoro MP.
The court then adjourned the case to February 16, 2022, for the substantive application for contempt to be moved.