The Minister for Trade and Industry, KT Hammond, has reacted to the Accra Hugh Court’s decision to dismiss the contempt case brought against him by James Gyakye Quayson.
The Minister has celebrated the ruling stating that it has affirmed that free speech has been vindicated.
An Accra High Court has dismissed a contempt case filed against Trades Minister, Kobina Tahir Hammond by James Gyakye Quayson.
The court ruled that it does not find Trades Minister, Kobina Tahir Hammond guilty of contempt following the comments he made regarding the outcome of the James Gyakye Quayson trial.
The presiding judge, Justice Mary Yanzuh, stated that the counsel for Assin North MP James Gyakye Quayson failed to deliver the entire interview, preventing the court from convicting the accused.
Reacting to the ruling, the Minister who is also the MP for Adansi Asokwa described the ruling as a victory for freedom of speech.
As a result, he has advised the Assin North MP’s legal team to review Ghanaian laws before initiating another contempt case against anyone.
“The judge was very articulate to the point, very legal in her analysis, and very clear, and in the end, freedom of speech has been vindicated. I want the lawyers of Gyakye Quayson to understand that you don’t take KT Hammond to court as a victim as stated by his lawyer, Abraham Amaliba.”
“He [Mr Amaliba] stood here, at the forecourt of this very building and told the whole world that they decided to institute this application against me as a victim, and I am no one’s victim at all. They should go back and read the rudiments of the law.”
By: Rashid Obodai Provencal/Rainbowradioonline.com/Ghana