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Crime & Punishment of Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Source: mynewsgh.com

5 chiefs, 3 others cited for contempt at Sunyani High Court

All 8 persons have been accused of disrespecting the court's order by installing a chief

Five chiefs and three others have been cited for contempt at a Sunyani High Court for allegedly enstooling someone as Paramount chief of the Mo traditional area.

The respondents who are expected to make an appearance before the High Court on Wednesday July 11, 2018 include; Opanin Kwadwo Dagbi Abusuapanin of the Leera Royal Family, Nana Adjei Adibkrah who is the Krontihene of the Mo Traditional Council, Nana Bisakwan II Benkumhene of the Mo Traditional Council, Nana Tebakala, Gyasehene of the Mo Traditional Council, Samson Adre A teacher, one OP George Nsiah, Anthony Sahene and Nana Akwasi Gyima II, Akyeamehene.

According to a writ filed at the court by lawyers of the plaintiffs, all 8 persons exhibited gross disrespect for the law and also exhibited a conduct which exposes the administration of justice to public ridicule by defying the court’s orders and enskining a chief.

The petitioners are demanding that those personalities who performed the customary functions associated with the enskinment should be cited for contempt and punished thereof.

Meanwhile, the individuals cited claimed they had the legitimate rights to perform the customary rites and have indicated that they are unfazed by threats of contempt.

Their source of inspiration is from the fact that they claim to be well resourced to influence any judge who will be sitting on the contempt case at the high court which appears to have incurred the fury of the opposing side.

MyNewsGh.com gathered that there are unseen hands clandestinely working to ensure that the contempt case brought against all 8 does not see the light of day.

But the petitioners indicate that it would amount to a travesty of justice if it happens, insisting that the law must be allowed to take its course irrespective of who is involved.