Court Adjourns Case Against Minority MPs Indefinitely

- After They Snubbed Hearing

The Accra Circuit Court 11 today adjourned the case in which the Attorney General has charged twenty National Democratic Congress (NDC) MPs who walked to the Electoral Commission (EC) Head office in Accra to present a petition protesting the controversial election declaration of the EC.

The court did not adjourn to any particular date leaving an open-ended question of whether or not the case has been dismissed.

Earlier, NDC MP for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak, had vowed that the NDC MPs would not honor the summons by the Police.

He had pointed out that the Police was committing an illegality by executing a criminal summons on serving members of parliament without the permission of the Speaker of Parliament.

According to Article 117 of the 1992 Constitution; “civil or criminal process coming from any court or place out of Parliament shall not be served on, or executed in relation to, the Speaker or a member or the clerk to Parliament while he is on his way to, attending at or returning from, any proceedings of Parliament.”

The twenty lawyers involved are the Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu, Deputy Minority Leader James Klutse Avedzi, Minority Chief Whip Muntaka Mubarak, 

On December 22, 2020, the MPs walked from Parliament to the EC Head Office and broke through a police barricade preventing them from submitting their petition.

The police responded with a statement of offence accusing the NDC MPs of failing to notify the police before holding a special event contrary to sections 1, 2 and 9 of the Public Order Act.

Also, the Police charged the MPs with unlawful assembly contrary to section 202 of the Criminal Offences.

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