Legal Team Member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Lawyer Edudzi Kudzo Tameklo has served a notice to the Minister for Justice and Attorney General Godfred Yeboah Dame to dessociate himself from attempting to suppress the Judiciary system as a way of determining what must be done at the Supreme Court.
Mr. Edudzi Tameklo served a strong warning saying, they will not allow Godfred Yeboah Dame and his friends to kill freedom of speech in Ghana.
According to him, the Attorney General cannot decides what is important or unimportant case at Supreme Court.
Godfred Yeboah Dame, speaking at the opening of this year’s Bench, Bar, and Faculty Conference in Accra on Thursday argued that “only important cases with the potential of resulting in a change of the law or with an immense public interest, should be heard by the Supreme Court.”
This Edudzi Kudzo Tameklo considers as conflict of interest and double standards on handling vital cases at the Court.
Making references to revealing records in the past, Mr. Tameklo said, Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata got the Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality or otherwise of the Fast Track High Courts.
He said, after the ordinary Supreme Court bench ruled that, the Fast Track High Court was unconstitutional, Nana Akufo-Addo Dankwa Addo, then Attorney General, went for a review.
The review panel reversed the decision of the ordinary bench.
He disclosed that, Mr. Akufo Addo, as Attorney General, went on TV3 and lambasted the judges who ruled that the Fast Track High Courts were unconstitutional.
According to him, Akufo Addo described the ordinary bench decision as “perverse” and that the judges were engaged in “artificial scholarship”.
Mr. Edudzi Tameklo explained that, “who in the NDC today has described any judgment from the Supreme Court as perverse and that the judgment clearly depicted artificial scholarship?”
“Maybe Godfred Yeboah Dame should go back and read what his former boss, Akufo Addo said to those judges. We won’t allow Godfred Yeboah Dame and his friends to kill freedom of speech in Ghana.” He said.
Tameklo again said, citizens must have the opportunity to express their disappointment at the work coming from the courts.
“Citizens express their disappointment with the Executive and Legislative arms of Government or? Is it sheer hypocrisy? Double standards or courting favors? He now decides what is important case?” Edudzi Tameklo querred.