Dr. Dominic Akuritinga Ayine, a member of the legal team of former President John Dramani Mahama, the petitioner in the 2020 election petition has been instructed by the Supreme Court to apologise using the same medium he used to “scandalise” the court.
The former Deputy Attorney-General has been cited for contempt of court by the Supreme Court over comments he passed against the judges sitting on the ongoing presidential election petition.
While expressing disagreement on the court’s dismissal of former President Mahama’s application to reopen his case to enable him subpoena the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Jean Mensa, Dr. Ayine specifically said the judges had a “predetermined agenda” against the petitioner.
But appearing before the Supreme Court on Monday, February 22, the Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga East in the Upper East Region, apologized to the court by himself and through his lawyer, a former President of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA), Frank Beechem.
In the court’s ruling, the Chief Justice, Justice Akwasi Anim Yeboah ordered Dr. Ayine to purge himself by using the same medium he made the contemptuous comments on to render an apology.
He is to retract the “scandalous statement” before Thursday, February 25, when the court will reconvene.
“This is the order of the court. We accept the apology of the counsel for the contemnor, but we however order that the contemnor purges his contempt by retracting the scandalous statements on the very same medium before Thursday, February 25, 2021, when the court will reconvene to hear the contempt case.” Chief Justice Anin-Yeboah directed.