The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, is being held accountable by the Supreme Court for enabling the House to pass the anti-LGBTQ+ measure in spite of ongoing legal proceedings.
According to researcher Dr. Amanda Odoi, the Speaker has handled the justice system with disrespect and disdain.
“The respondent has continually violated and shown utter disregard for the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana and the court process.
“That the respondent’s clear, intentional and continuous disregard of the court process necessitates the Respondent being sanctioned for contempt in the public interest and to protect the dignity of the Court,” the Court documents state.
Dr. Odoi is one of two people who have filed lawsuits against the Attorney General and Speaker of Parliament over the anti-LGBTQ+ bill.
Despite this, she said, the Speaker moved the bill through to the second reading in Parliament.
According to her research, the Speaker has been served with all pertinent legal documents, including one seeking the judge to impose an injunction prohibiting Parliament from considering the measure.
“That by his conduct in directing or causing Parliament to proceed to a Second Reading of the Bill, in full knowledge of the pending suit and related interlocutory injunction application, the Respondent has disregarded and disrespected the authority of this Court.
“That such disregard interferes with the outcome of the pending litigation, brings the administration of justice into disrepute and undermines public confidence in the judicial system.”
She consequently thinks that imposing punishments will maintain the dignity of the court.