I Am A Lawyer and Can Comment on Court Proceedings Not Asiedu Nketia

The General Secretary of the NPP, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie has slammed suggestions from the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) and renowned lawyer Sam Okudzeto that he and his colleague secretary from the ruling NDC party should cease from commenting after any court proceedings.

The President of the Ghana Journalists Association, Affail Monney has cautioned journalists from sampling views from the General Secretaries just after the 2012 election petition which is on-going.

According to Sir John who was talking to Asempa FM, he sought to seek motives from any group of persons why he could not comment on the court proceedings as a professional lawyer despite him being a General Secretary of a political party.

“If they say I should stop commenting on court proceeds, who should comment then, would they (the GJA)? If they say lawyers are to comment, who am I, am I not a lawyer? I am supposed and have every right to comment on whatever goes on in court afterwards,” he stated.

Though hearing of the case has just begun, Sir John believes his party’s presidential candidate, Nana Addo who is seeking court intervention in the outcome of the 2012 election will ‘surely’ be the President of Ghana after the hearing of their petition.

Meanwhile, some renowned lawyers have expressed concern over unwarranted post court commentaries by the two General Secretaries, saying the court has been restraining themselves but if judges are to apply the strict principles of contempt of court, both ‘Sir John’ and ‘General Mosquito’ could have been in jail by now.

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