- According to him, he did not set out to denigrate the Supreme Court in his comment
- He was forced to make the disparaging statement by the representatives of the second respondent
- The court will likely punish him
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A spokesperson for John Mahama’s legal team, Dr. Dominic Ayine, says he would not be surprised if the Supreme Court punishes him for his “predetermined agenda” comment.
Dr. Ayine, a former Deputy Attorney General accused the court of having a predetermined agenda to rule against Mahama in the petition.
He made the fiery accusation after the court rejected an application by the former president to reopen his case and subpoena the chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Jean Mensa, into the witness box for cross-examination.
Mahama intended to treat the EC boss as a hostile witness—but the court ruled that that was not possible.
Speaking in an interview on Accra-based Starr FM, Dr. Ayine said: “I will not be surprised and the court is entitled to take a position on it or express disappointment on it, even go as far as committing me for contempt.”
“I mean I won’t begrudge them," he added.
He said the interaction with the team of the second respondent with the media pushed him to make the contemptuous comment.
The former Deputy Attorney General’s comment was met with outrage on social media with users calling on the court to cite him for contempt.
Below are some of the reactions:
@YAbbanx: If you ask me, the Supreme Court has had it easy with the NDC lawyers. Dominic Ayine continues to drag the name of the bench into the mud. He must be charged with contempt of court. #AyineForContempt
@TheteamMelody: Don't insult and twist the ruling of the Supreme Court judges when you meet the media. Dominic Ayine is losing his way. He was once an Attorney #AyineForContempt
@i_am_dindo: Why is the former Deputy Attorney General, Dr. Dominic Ayine(Hon.) addressing the press on a very high temperament.
@anthonio_4real: Dominic Ayine will surely be sanctioned. He is getting emotional with the Press Conference
@RickySimony: Whichever way you look at, Dr. Dominic Ayine could've done better. It shouldn't necessarily be #AyineForContempt but he should mind his utterances going forward. The Judiciary shouldn't be brought into our partizan politicking ever❗❗
@MaameThis: The Supreme Court has to hold Dominic Ayine to a higher standard. He served as Attorney General before and must definitely set a better example. Patapaa no adɔɔso. He has to answer for the misguided utterances today. #AyineForContempt
@eadjeibeko: ''pre-determined agenda to rule against the petitioner'' ...; coming from Dominic Ayine, in my opinion, unfair to the bench and the law profession! #ElectionPetition
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