July 13, 2024
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Government wants to make it difficult for Quayson to transact parliamentary business on behave of Assin North

The Minority in Parliament has decided to reciprocate its response to the government’s ‘escalation’ of the ongoing persecution of the Member of Parliament for Assin North Constituency, Hon. James Gyakye Quayson.

According to the minority, the rulings by the High Court places Hon. James Gyakye Quayson in the same position that he was placed in by the Supreme Court before the Assin North Constituency by-election.

In a statement copied to radiotamaleonline.com signed by the Hon. Kwame Governs Agbozga, Minority Chief Whip, Wednesday, July 19, 2023, if the Member of Parliament must appear in court every weekday for trial, what time will he have to attend to Parliamentary business to represent the people of Assin North?

We are, therefore, at this point, including all options available to us to defend and protect our colleagues. the statement added.

Following a request by the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Mr Godfred Yeboah Dame, that Hon. James Gyakye Quayson be tried on a daily basis, despite an application for a stay of proceedings and a pending application before the Court of Appeal against the daily trial, the High Court has ruled that it will continue to hear the case daily.

Hon. James Gyakye Quayson is the only person to have been elected twice within a Parliamentary term. He first won the 2020 Parliamentary election in Assin North Constituency, which was declared null and void by the Supreme Court after two and a half years. This triggered a by-election which he won again by an overwhelming 57.56% on 27th June, 2023.

Background

A three-member panel of the Court of Appeal has by a unanimous decision okayed the decision of the High Court in Accra to proceed with the trial of James Gyakye Quayson after dismissing the applicant’s latest motion for Stay of Proceedings.

On July 6, lawyers of James Quayson led by Tsatsu Tsikata moved a motion for the High Court presided over by Justice Mary Yanzuh to Stay its proceedings pending a determination of appeal they have lodged against the ruling not to vary the day-to-day hearing.

But, that request was subsequently refused by the Court and they repeated the application at the Court of Appeal and heard on Wednesday, July 19.

The Court of Appeal panel chaired by Justice Henry Anthony Kwofie after hearing arguments from Tsatsu Tsikata on one side and the Attorney General on the other side ruled that no exceptional circumstances have been made for the court to grant the applicant’s request.

The panel which also includes Justice Richard Adjei-Frimpong also ruled that comments made by the Attorney and President said to be prejudicial were extra-judicial comments that the judge didn’t consider when making a determination.

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