To ensure that justice prevailed, the two Judges in the panel whose names were mentioned by the defendants stayed away from the panel hearing the Montie FM contempt case.
The Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood, and another judge of the Supreme Court, Sulley Gbadegbe have exempted themselves from the contempt case involving panelists of Accra-based Montie FM. Before you start to wonder why, the aforementioned Judges were reportedly mentioned in the comments of the three people facing the contempt charges.
It is an ongoing contempt case against owners of Montie FM; the host of the station’s ‘Pampaso’ programme, and the two panelists, who threatened to kill judges over their handling of the suit on the credibility of the voters’ register.
To save their skin, the two Judges in the panel, whose names were mentioned by the defendants stayed away from the panel hearing the Montie FM contempt case. According to them, since they were directly mentioned in the threats against the judges, it was only proper that they recuse themselves. Their major aim is to ensure that justice is transparently served. The two judges have reportedly been replaced by Justice Sophia Akuffo and Justice Julius Ansah.
On June 29, two radio panelists, Alistair Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn, threatened to “finish” the Supreme Court judges if they made any judgement against the Electoral Commission in the court case challenging the validity of the voters’ register. They made the comments on a political discussion programme on Montie FM.
The various rulings of court on the voters register case was alleged by the duo as upholding the interests of the opposition New Patriotic Party, (NPP) which had been arguing for a new register. They therefore threatened to attack the judges mentioning Chief Justice Theodora Wood, and Justice Gbadegbe, as those promoting the agenda of the NPP.
The two have since then come under intense criticisms from different angles. Supreme Court had cited the owners of the radio station and the panelists for contempt, leading to the ongoing case. The hearing has been adjourned to July 18, 2016 after the defendants complained they didn’t receive the summons in time.