Hopeson Adorye, a member of a youth wing of the New Patriotic Party dubbed “Young Patriots” has expressed gratitude to the nine-member panel sitting on the pending election petition for tempering justice with mercy.
Hopeson, was summoned by the Justices presided by Justice William Atuguba, in a joint letter signed by the Registrar of the Supreme Court, Mr James Mensah, to appear before the court on Wednesday, August 14, 2013, for contempt charges.
He, together with the General Secretary of the NPP, Lawyer Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, appeared before the Supreme Court Judges on Wednesday to defend “why they should not be committed to prison” for comments aimed at “defying and lowering the authority” of the court and also for “scandalising the court.”
After hearing pleadings for leniency from their counsel, Nii Ayikoi Otoo, a former Attorney-General during the administration of ex-President Kufuor, the court decided not to impose any custodial sentences on the two NPP gurus.
They were however fined GHC 5000 and GHC 2000 respectively, and are to also sign a bond to be of good character for six and three months or in default serve six or three months imprisonment correspondingly.
As a symbol of appreciation, Hopeson Adorye wrote on his facebook wall immediately after the ruling thanking the Justices.
“To God be the glory, I thank you all for your prayers and support including the Judges.”