The Attorney-General has saved the Inspector General of Police, David Asante Appeatu, from serving a possible jail term after the Police Chief disobeyed a court order.
An Accra High Court had found the IGP guilty of contempt which meant he was liable to serve a jail term or pay a fine.
Presiding judge, Justice Daniel Mensah ruled that Mr. Appeatu was guilty of contempt for willfully disobeying the court’s orders on a litigation issue.
The IGP was tasked to provide security for the execution of a court order, for the sale of a 12-block flats belonging to two citizens who had brought the case before the court.
The two, Samuel Aggrey Jnr and Augustine Gyekye, are following up on a litigation case which started in 1988 between one Mrs Aggrey (now deceased) and REDCO Company limited.
The complainant held that the company owed her some money but had failed to pay.
She subsequently won the case, with the ruling stating that should REDCO fail to pay the money, a 12-block flat owned by the company will be sold by the court to offset the debt.
REDCO went on to appeal the judgement, but rather gave out the property to the Ghana Police Service to house some of its officers.
This led to Samuel Aggrey Jnr and Augustine Gyekye returning to court to seek an order for the police to vacate the property.
However, the Police refused to vacate the property and rather claimed ownership of it.
The applicants, therefore, sued the IGP for contempt, insisting the Police wilfully disobeyed the court’s order.
In his ruling, Justice Daniel Mensah found the IGP guilty of contempt, explaining that he “failed to fully discharge the burden required to avoid a conviction and must, therefore, be committed for contempt of court and sanctioned accordingly”.
However, the Attorney General has appealed the decision that found the IGP guilty of contempt.
On Thursday, the Deputy Attorney-General, Godfred Yeboah Dame, succeeded in preventing an Accra High Court from sentencing the IGP.
Mr. Dame filed an application for suspension of execution, a notice of appeal and another laying claims of ownership of the property for the Ghana Police Service.
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