Judge rubbishes Speaker’s attempt to ‘save’ Ayariga from prosecution again

Judge rubbishes Speaker’s attempt to ‘save’ Ayariga from prosecution again

- An Accra High Court judge, Justice Afia Serwah Asare Botwe, has reacted to an appeal by the Speaker of Parliament, with regard to the prosecution of MP, Mahama Ayariga.

- According to her, she would do her best to ensure a speedy trial but cannot be influenced by privileges of MPs

Information available to YEN.com.gh suggests that an Accra High Court judge has slammed another attempt by the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Michael Aaron Ocquaye, to protect the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga, from prosecution.

The judge, Justice Afia Serwah Asare Botwe, argued that the rules of her court are entirely within her discretion and shall not be dictated by an MP’s privileges.

She went ahead to quote Justice Adinyira in the Ex-Parte Francis case of “conducting the business of the court as though it is secondary to that of counsel or anyone else for that matter, within the confines of the proper exercise of judicial discretion.”

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Per a Myjoyonline.com report, the judge and the Speaker have been exchanging letters since the Ayariga was hauled to court to answer questions in a case.

Mahama Ayariga had earlier written a letter to the effect that he won’t appear before the court, a stance which was reversed as the judge gave him a 1pm deadline to show up in her court.

Professor Ocquaye then asked that the scheduling of Mahama Ayariga’s trial be done without conflicting his Parliamentary duties.

He supported his argument with provisions in the 1992 constitution, Articles 117, 118 and 122, which all border on privileges and Contempt of Parliament, to make his case.

The judge replied, saying that all she could promise was a speedy trial as in the case of every other citizen of Ghana.

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