Minority throws full support for embattled Assin North MP

James Gyakye Quayson

The Minority in Parliament has thrown full support for James Gyakye Quayson, the embattled Assin North MP.

This comes after claims that the MP’s bodyguards allegedly threw out a court Bailiff Joshua S. Banning who was supposed to serve James Gyakye Quayson with court documents filed by Michael Ankomah Nimfah of the New Patriotic Party to prevent him from executing his parliamentary duties.

A bailiff from the Supreme Court Registry attempted to serve a court process on the Assin North MP James Gyakye Quayson in his office at Parliament on Tuesday, February 8, 2022, according to a letter signed by Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu.

The act was obviously unlawful, according to the Minority Leader, and the Supreme Court ruled as such.

The Minority praised the Supreme Court for pointing out to the NPP lawyers that serving a sitting MP in the Parliamentary precincts was unconstitutional.

“We in the Minority are deeply concerned by that blatantly unconstitutional act which was recognized by the Supreme Court for what it is- a brazen violation of the Constitution. We applaud the justices of the Supreme Court for upholding the fidelity of the law by pointing out to the desperate lawyers of the NPP the brazenly unconstitutional nature of the attempt to serve a sitting MP on the precincts of Parliament. We urge the Court to continue to uphold the sanctity of the Constitution.”

The Minority Leader added that despite the alleged complaint of the said bailiff that he was assaulted by the Assin North MPs bodyguard, it should be noted that the said MP has no bodyguard or police escort.

“We are also aware that the said bailiff of the Supreme Court Registry is alleged to have informed the Court that he was assaulted by the police escort of the Hon. Member for Assin North. We wish to emphasize that the Honorable Member for Assin North, Hon. James Gyakye Quayson does not have a police guard let alone a police escort to prevent service. This fact can be cross-checked from the Ghana Police Service.”

Meanwhile, Accra High Court has issued a criminal summons against Mr. Qyayson for his refusal to appear before the court to face criminal charges levelled against him by the Attorney General.

The NDC- MP has been charged with the offences of perjury, the deceit of a public officer, misleading a public officer, among other charges.

The court on February 3, 2022, made an order for the charge sheet to be served on the accused person for him to appear for the trial.

But the Director of Public Prosecutions, Yvonne Atakora Obuobisa told the court that all efforts to serve the MP proved futile.

Source: Richard Mensah Adonu | Join our Telegram Group

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