Public Reactions To Sir John Supreme Court Contempt Judgement

The Supreme Court on Wednesday convicted two NPP stalwarts, the General Secretary of the party, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie and Hopeson Adorye for contempt.

The admonition by the President of the Supreme Court panel, Justice William Atuguba for decorum, discipline, law and order to be maintained in the country has refreshed the country’s body politic.

Radio Ghana finds out from some Lawyers and Political Leaders their impressions about the judgement.

A Legal Practitioner, Kakra Essamuah said the judgement provides several lessons for Ghanaians, particularly politicians and social commentators.

He said Mr. Owusu Afriyie can lose his legal licence if a report is made to the Ghana Legal Council or if the Council decides to take the matter up.

The Leader of the United Renaissance Party, Kofi Wayo said he is very proud of the Supreme Court Judges for their judgement and ability to uphold the rule of law.

He asked Ghanaians to learn from the Judges.

On his part, the 2012 Presidential Candidate of the PNC, Hassan Ayariga says, the Supreme Court has set the tone for peace after the 29th judgement day.

Mr. Ayariga said although Sir John and Hopeson Adorye escaped jail sentence they have learnt their lessons and all politicians must be careful about what they say.

The National Peace Council on its part is urging political parties to be civil and circumspect in the way they talk.

Its Chairman, Professor Emmanuel Asante said it is wrong for anybody to disparage judges.

A Senior Lecturer, at the Ghana School of Law, Maxwell Opoku Agyemang also believes the Supreme Court exercised its powers appropriately by the fine it imposed on two Members of the NPP John Owusu-Afriyie and Hopeson Adorye.

He said this should serve as a warning to the public especially those who go on various platforms to speak.

Mr. Opoku Agyemang advised that all analysis or comments on cases before Court must be devoid of emotions and insults.

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