CHRAJ wants NPP Chairman jailed for contempt

The Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), has cited chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Freddie Blay for contempt over his refusal to honour an invitation to assist with investigations into the procurement of 275 buses for his party.

CHRAJ wants the NPP chair to be imprisoned should he be found guilty of contempt.

Mr. Blay says he had not been invited and dared the Commission to arrest him if it believes he breached the law.

CHRAJ has since gone to the High Court to cite him for contempt asking for prison custody if he is found guilty.


CHRAJ attached to their application the certificate of service of document and letters as evidence.

A letter dated August 20, 2018, was entrusted to the registrar of the court, on August 23, 2018, to serve Mr Blay.


Yet again, a subpoena was given to the registrar to be given to Mr Blay who said he delivered it to the same receptionist.


After all the notices CHRAJ, does not understand why the NPP National Chair would say he had not received any notification.


But the spokesperson for Mr Blay, Richard Nyama said they only got to know of the contempt citation on Joy FM.


“Be that as it may, if CHRAJ goes through the proper processes of having Mr Blay properly served, he is not afraid to appear before any court of competent jurisdiction,” he said.


Although Mr Nyama said he does not know the person who received the letter at the Daily Guide office, he stated that the onus lies on CHRAJ to provide that evidence in court.


“I think CHRAJ is playing political ping-pong with this matter because the law requires that there should be some prima facie established,” he said adding the Commission going by mere newspaper reports to invite Mr Blay is akin to chasing ghosts.


Mr Nyama said CHRAJ has the capacity to follow leads to the bank, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) – where Mr Blay is the Board Chair – and other places of interest to verify whether there was any breach of any form.

By: with additional files from Myjoyonline

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