Edudzi Tamakloe, a private legal practitioner in Accra has criticised former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Ayikoi Otoo for his comments on the recent apology offered by Montie FM which he described as hypocritical.
The NPP legal practitioner, Otoo had told Citi News that Montie FM had a reputation for unsavoury comments and been known for slandering the NPP.
Montie FM’s two panelists Alistair Nelson and Godwin Gunn allegedly threatened the lives of judges on air which attracted the condemnation of the general public.
Ayikoi Otoo dismissed the apology of the radio station but Edudzi Tamakloe criticized his comments as unfortunate and unethical for a lawyer of his standing who should know the case was still before the court.
He said: “It’s simply unfortunate and this should not be coming from him. In any case, these are persons who have been charged with a quasi-criminal offence and have a right to be heard.
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“While this matter is sub judice, a lawyer of the standing of Ayikoi Otoo is effectively asking for them to be crucified. What has happened to our ethics, at least as lawyers? This is not right.”
According to him, linking the alleged comments by the panelists on the radio programme to Nana Akuffo Addo was superficial as they were directed at the judges.
Edudzi Tamakloe said: “When you listen carefully to Ayikoi Otoo, what you hear him say is that Montie has been attacking Nana Akufo-Addo and for that matter, their apology should not be heard. The reason why the gentlemen are in court, has nothing to do with an attack on Nana Addo.
“It’s an attack on the judiciary, that the allegation. So on what basis would he be drawing inferences from the attacks on Nana Addo to say their [Montie FM] apology is not genuine? It’s simply unfortunate and this should not be coming from him.”
The hearing of the contempt suit of the Accra-based Montie FM’s owners, the host of the station’s ‘Pampaso’ programme, and two panelists who threatened to kill judges over their handling of the Abu Ramadan suit on the credibility of the voters’ register is rescheduled for Tuesday July 12 2016.