In a blatantly dangerous precedent, the Akufo Addo administration is scheming to let off the hook the New Patriotic Party Member of Parliament for Assin Central Constituency, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, who launched a scathing prejudicial attack on a Judge sitting on an ongoing suit involving him [Ken Agyapong].
Insiders report that Ken Agyapong had been coached from the Presidency to quickly apologise for his devastating attacks on the trial Judge, Justice Rockson, who has been forced to recuse himself from the case.
As part of the grand scheme to allow Ken Agyapong to walk free, he was asked to quickly pen down an apology which is contained in a September 8, 2020 letter. A copy of the letter seen by Whatsup News indicates Mr. Agyapong’s claim that it took sober reflection for him to realise his extreme prejudicial attack on the courts and was therefore rendering “an unqualified apology” for his “harsh” words against the trial judge whom he called “Stupid”.
Reports picked up by Whatsup News indicates that President Akufo Addo himself appear to have been behind the attempt to influence the Chief Justice, Justice Anim Yeboah to ensure that the loud-mouthed Kennedy Agyapong is not jailed for contempt, despite hints given by the trial judge, Justice Amos Wuntah Wuni, that he was planning to slam the NPP parliamentarian for contempt.
Apparently, Ken Agyapong is in court over a land dispute, however, while the case is still ongoing, he went on his Net 2 TV and started raining strong expletives against the judge sitting on the case, One Justice Rockson.
“You are a stupid judge. I will face you,” Ken Agyapong said on the programme.
In a September 7, 2020 memorandum from Justice Rockson to his replacement in reference to suit number LD0742020 for Kennedy Agyapong to be dragged before the court to “show cause why he should not be committed to prison for contempt of court for his scandalous and contemptuous vituperation made on his Net 2 and OMAN FM station on 2nd September 2020.”
The peeved Justice Rockson argues that the loose-talking Ken Agyapong is lowering the authority of the court and bringing the administration of justice in Ghana to disrepute.
The latest attack by Kennedy Agyapong appear more serious than a similar incident in 2016 when pro-National Democratic Congress (NDC) radio presenter, Salifu Maase and two of his studio guests on Muntie FM: Alistair Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn were found guilty of contempt for making threats against chief justice Georgina Theodora Wood over debates about the 2016 general elections.
The three were sentenced to four months in jail and fined $2,500 each for “scandalising the court, defying and lowering the authority of the court and bringing it into disrepute.”
They were eventually pardoned by ex-President John Dramani Mahama.
Whatsup News has gathered from experts that the latest case involving Ken Agyapong is more serious than the “Muntie 3” because Ken Agyapong is a party to the case to which he was harshly prejudging the ongoing trial involving him.
US-based law professor, Professor Kwaku Asare offers an opinion on that matter: “In my mind, the offended court or judge, in such instances, should refer the matter to the Attorney General for prosecution in a court other than the one abused. For the avoidance of doubt, I am against the underlying insults, threats and abuse of judges or for that matter any human being,”