SC dismisses Ayine’s suit Against Amidu as SP asserts: I’m doing my working!

A Supreme Court Judge, Justice Gabriel Pwamang, has dismissed a new application by lawyers of former Deputy Attorney General, Dominic Ayine, seeking to add to their statement of case in the suit challenging the constitutionality of the appointment of Martin A.B.K. Amidu as Ghana’s first Special Prosecutor (SP).

Deputy Attorney General, Godfred Dame opposed the application by suggesting that the rules of procedure required the applicants to amend their statement of case rather than seeking to add to same.

Lawyer for the applicant, Tony Lithur, however, argued that the Supreme Court has the power to accept the procedure they have adopted by way of seeking to add to their Statement of case instead of amending it.

The Judge ruled that the rules of procedure “are clear and they cannot bend just to please the applicants.”

He subsequently dismissed the application.

The substantive case entitled: “Dominic Ayine versus the Attorney General and Martin Amidu” is yet to be heard by the full bench of the Supreme Court.

Dr Ayine, who is the National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for Bolgatanga East, is praying the Supreme Court to halt the appointment because 66-year-old Mr. Amidu is gone past the retirement age for public office holders.

Meanwhile, Mr Amidu has dismissed the claim that he does not have an office, and for that matter, has not been working since he was sworn into office as the first Special Prosecutor of the Fourth Republic.

Addressing the press after the preliminary hearing of the case yesterday at the Supreme Court, Mr Amidu said all was false.

“I am going on with my work, please. I can’t discuss official matters to the press, please,” he noted, stressing: “I’m doing my work, haven’t I come to court? I have an office please.”

 

Story: Franklin ASARE- DONKOH

Writer’s email: franklin.asare-donkor@todaygh.com

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