An Accra High Court has ruled that Trade Minister Kobina Tahir Hammond is not guilty of contempt for statements he made about 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, which would have allowed the court to condemn the accused.
“It was incumbent on the applicant to exhibit the full interview. Without the full complement of the interview, the court is deprived of the opportunity to know exactly what was said.
“The court cannot rely on the manifestly incomplete publication to rule on a man who denies the content of the publication. There is no room for conjecture. Evidence was required,” Justice Yanzuh said.
Mr. Quayson’s attorneys had sought the High Court to punish Mr. Hammond for stating James Quayson should resign Parliament because he would be imprisoned.
Their plea came after the Minister spoke on Oyerepa TV and linked the Quayson issue to that of former lawmaker Adamu Sakande.
“There is something we call precedence at the court. This is the same thing that happened with Adamu Sakande. He came to this House…the same NDC (National Democratic Congress) members were the ones who sacked him from Parliament and took him to court. He was imprisoned and he eventually died and was buried. It is the same matter,” he said.
“They are making all kinds of noise about his swearing-in. I prompted the former Deputy Attorney General, Dominic Ayine to tell the gentleman that we have seen this before in this House. He should leave this House before he would be jailed,” he added.
Adamu Dramani Sakande, a New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, was convicted of perjury and forgery in July 2012 by an Accra High Court.
This was because he failed to renounce his British citizenship before campaigning for the Bawku seat.
On all counts, he was found guilty of perjury and forgery and sentenced to two years in jail.