Kennedy Agyapong petitions Chief Justice; alleges judge handling case could be biased
Assin Central MP, Kennedy Agyapong wants his contempt proceedings to be halted.
He alleges the Judge hearing the matter, Amos Wuntah Wuni will create a situation where he will be biased should he go ahead to hear the case.
The legislator risks a possible jail term or fine should he be found guilty of contempt.
He was dragged to the court by Justice Wuni to justify why he should not be severely punished for making some comments regarding a pending case.
His lawyers on September 18 urged the court to halt proceedings.
They explained that, an application has been filed at the Supreme Court challenging Justice Awuni’s jurisdiction to hear the matter.
But Justice Wuni stated that nothing barred him from proceeding with the case.
He, however, adjourned proceedings to September 25 to hear further legal arguments from Mr. Agyapong’s legal team.
The team has since filed a fresh application at the High Court asking that Justice Wuni is restrained from hearing the matter.
They explain that “since his Lordships Amos Wuntah Wuni’s authority to exercise his jurisdiction in the committal proceedings is in issue, it will be bias and prejudicial for his Lordship to be a Judge in his own case in the exercise of such questionable jurisdiction”.
They also insists it is the Attorney General that has the power by law to initiate any criminal contempt proceedings and not the court that is alleging to have been threatened and scandalized.
The lawyers further revealed that they have petitioned the Chief Justice pointing him to the “unfair process emanating from his Lordship Awuni’s court”.