Contempt case: Court summons doctor who gave Ken Agyapong medical excuse
The Accra High Court Land Division has ordered the doctor who signed a medical excuse form for Assin Central Member of Parliament (MP) Kennedy Agyapong.
Mr Agyapong was billed to appear in court on Monday, 28 September 2020 but did not.
His lawyer presented the excuse form, which said he the lawmaker was suffering from post-COVID-19 complications.
Presiding judge, Justice Amos Wunta Awuni, on Monday, ordered the Holy Trinity Hospital doctor to make himself available to the court in connection with the excuse he gave to the MP.
Mr Agyapong, at the hearing of his contempt case by the Accra High Court on Friday, 25 September 2020, pleaded not guilty to charges of contempt levelled against him.
This followed the playing of an audiotape on which the lawmaker was heard attacking the judge presiding over a case involving a land dispute, to which Mr Agyapong is party.
Mr Agyapong is alleged to have scandalised and brought the court’s name into disrepute on a show on Net2 TV.
On Friday, 18 September 2020, the judge indicated that the High Court would proceed with the hearing despite a writ of certiorari filed at the Supreme Court by the MP.
Mr Agyapong has asked the Supreme Court to stop the contempt proceedings against him by the High Court.
Lawyers for the MP filed a judicial review application at the apex court on Thursday, barely 24 hours after he was supposed to appear before the High Court, to explain why he should not be punished for allegedly describing a judge as “stupid”.
The MP wants the Supreme Court to prohibit the High Court from hearing the contempt case and also quash the order of summons for him to appear before the court on the basis that the particular court (Land Court 12) that summoned him had no jurisdiction to do so.
In his affidavit in support, the MP avers that his comments were not against Justice Amos Wuntah Wuni of Land Court 12 but was rather against a different judge in another matter at Labour Court 2, for which he said he had duly apologised.
“The words uttered, which I deem uncomplimentary and I have since apologised [for], were not directed at the court presided over by His Lordship Amos Wuntah Wuni.
“The Court is not seized with jurisdiction to order the applicant to appear and to answer why he should not be severely punished for contempt of court,” the MP said in his affidavit in support.