The Supreme Court has decided against imposing custodian sentences on two contemnors, embattled General Secretary of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Lawyer Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie and a Fellow Party Communicator, Hopeson Adorye.
The court however fined the two GH¢5,000 and GH¢2,000 respectively.
They are also to sign a bond to be of good behaviour for six or three months or in default serve six or three months in jail respectively.
President of the nine-member Supreme Court panel, Justice William Atuguba, who announced the decision, pointed out that the court took strong exception to the comments of the two Politicians and based its judgment and sentence on the gravity of those statements.
The two were represented in court by former Attorney General in the erstwhile Kufuor administration, Nii Ayikoi Otoo, who “profusely” apologized on behalf of his clients.
Reading out the ruling, Justice Atuguba said they are reluctantly constraint from imposing a custodian sentence.